It is indeed an interesting nickname to say the least, which got me thinking; do Brewers’ fans everywhere know where that nickname came from?
I had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Ding Dong City, if you will, Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports. As a life long Red Sox fan, and a Travis Shaw fan since he was drafted, I had to see how and why he came up with the legendary nickname “The Mayor of Ding Dong City.”
CCC interviews: Jared Carrabis
Jessy Stagliano: Obviously, Shaw had his big start in Boston in 2015, did you think when he first came up that you would come up with his nickname and take not only the Red Sox, but the city of Milwaukee by storm?
Jared Carrabis: Most of my nicknames are really stupid, but I had no idea that this one would catch on. It’s pretty funny.
JS: I know it wasn’t until 2016 when Shaw started to break out, so why did you choose him to be the guy you were going to make a nickname for? He wasn’t a huge prospect by any stretch in the Boston system
JC: The point of all of my nicknames are to give fans a reason to root for a guy who isn’t a superstar. Superstars get all the love and deservedly so, but it’s fun to root for the underdog and the nicknames give fans that extra layer when rooting for a player who might not be a big name.
JS: Mayor of Ding Dong City? I love it, but I am also a 25-year-old guy, with an immature sense of humor too, but how did you come up with that?
JC: Mayor of Ding Dong City was actually my nickname when I used to play wiffleball with my friends. My buddy Nick used to call home runs “ding dongs” and we played in a Shaw’s parking lot where a home run was off the side of the building. I was the only one who would regularly hit home runs on top of the roof, so he started calling me the Mayor of Ding Dong City. I thought it was really funny, so I started calling Shaw that when he would hit absolute bombs with the Red Sox.
JS: The shirt… what were your first impressions, he actually warmed up to the name!
JC: My boss, Dave Portnoy, wouldn’t let me go to Opening Day 2016 unless I got a picture of Shaw wearing the shirt. I brought the shirt down to the Red Sox dugout before the game, and he tweeted the picture after he hit his first home run afterwards. It was pretty cool that he embraced it.
JS: Now Travis Shaw is in Milwaukee, and the nickname came with him, how does it feel to have an entire city using a nickname you created, and a bobble head giveaway?!
JC: It’s a proud dad feeling. I’m really glad that Brewers fans embraced it the same way that Red Sox fans did and I’m really happy to see that he’s thrived in Milwaukee, giving the fans a reason to use it more and more often.
JS: Obviously, the trade at the time made decent sense, Shaw looked like he was a natural 3rd basemen and Boston had that covered, and Tyler Thornberg was doing well in his closer role here in Milwaukee. But did part of you die that day?
JC: I was really bummed when he got traded, but I remember reaching out to him after the trade and talking to him about how this was going to be a great opportunity for him to get regular playing time and to show everybody how talented he is. He’s done that and then some.
JS: Fast Forward to now, I know you still have a love for Travis on Twitter and on the podcast, but do you believe in this Brewers team? I know you have officially announced your NL fandom, which we accept you with open arms, but does this Brewers team really have ‘it’?
JC: I watch the Brewers almost every night, and I think they are very legit and have a chance to do some serious damage in the postseason if they can add a frontline starter at the trade deadline. I’d love to see them go out and get somebody like Jacob deGrom.
JS: Finally, finish this sentence… this October, Brewers vs Red Sox, game 7 of the World Series, tied 2-2 Shaw steps to the plate at the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and ___________________.
JC: My brain explodes. I want Shaw to do well, and I want the Brewers to do well, but at the expense of the Red Sox? That would be tough to watch.
Well you heard it here first, if Travis Shaw has a chance to beat the Red Sox in the World Series, it may be the end of Jared, but hopefully all for good reason.
But in all seriousness, Jared Carrabis is a great dude who was willing to take some time out of his day to chat about the Brewers and that’s saying something for us Brewers fans. I suggest you take the time to listen to him when possible, catch him on his podcasts, Section 10, and Starting 9, available wherever you listen to podcasts.