Greg Maddux is Nate?
While the baseball world knows Greg Maddux as “Mad Dog” or “The Professor,” he has a different designation within the family. As a kindergartener, Greg brought home a workbook that asked him to identify several fruits. Next to a picture of a banana, he wrote “This is a banana.” Beside an illustration of an apple, he wrote “This is an apple.” And at the bottom of the page, when he was asked to write his name, it listed the sample name “Nat Yates.” So he diligently wrote “My name is Nat Yates.”
Nat quickly morphed into Nate, and as Mike points out, “He’s been ‘Nate’ ever since to us.”