It’s not just us. The Seattle Mariners fan blog Lookout Landing posted an All-Jane Austen Team, made up of actual major league baseball players, based on whether their names made them sound like a character in a Jane Austen novel.
But we want to know: where is Sir Chase Utley (principal seat: Utley’s Corner in Rightfieldshire, where he lives with his delightful wife, Lady Jen)? Because Chase is SUCH a Darcy–check this out. He makes up for it by saving
Lydia puppies, remember, not to mention the sweetest home run swing in MLB.
Many thanks to Alert Janeites Joelle and Genevieve for the link. We also enjoyed Genevieve’s comment in the other baseball thread:
I believe that some of the Irish first names (Ryan, Kyle, Craig) and the more modern first names (Hayden, Chad, Justin) don’t belong in Austen, but some of these are excellent fits, such as Thomas James Everidge, Robert Nicholas Blackburn, and Adam Parrish Wainwright. I believe they may have been Kitty and Mary’s suitors.
Makes sense to us. The proof continues to pile up. JANE AUSTEN INVENTED BASEBALL. Spread the news!