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New Cubs signing goes viral for his funny name

A Chicago Cubs helmet

Sep 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs batting helmet sits on the dugout rail before the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs are bringing out the eight-year-old humor in all of us.

The Cubs signed left-handed reliever Richard Lovelady to a free-agent deal this week, according to multiple reports. Lovelady, 28, had recently thrown a showcase at Driveline Pro Day.

But the bigger story was the chortle that fans got out of Lovelady’s name. A surname like “Lovelady” is already legendary. But when you also consider that “Dick” is a common nickname for “Richard” … well, it speaks for itself.

The jokes began flying on X amid the news of the Cubs signing Lovelady.

Lovelady already has some big-league experience. He pitched three seasons for the Kansas City Royals from 2019-21 before missing the 2022 campaign due to Tommy John surgery. Lovelady then spent 2023 with the Oakland Athletics but missed time again with a pronator strain in his forearm.

For Lovelady, who owns a 5.26 career ERA over 73 total relief appearances, he will try to land on his feet again in Chicago. At least his name is not as dangerous as this other incredible one that we recently saw go viral too.

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