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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

The name game returns

GENEVA – Razor, Razor, bo-bazor, banana fana fo-fazor…

Name novelty might have been turned on its head Wednesday when Great Lakes manager Razor Shines arrived with the Loons for the opener of a three-game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Cougars fans already used to the formidably-named designated hitter Rock Shoulders in the lineup on most nights got a nominal treat with the price of admission.

Like Shoulders – who was born Roderick but became "Rock" when his friend's mom struggled to say the name – Shines is not using his given first name. Anthony Razor Shines uses his middle name, which he shares with his grandfather, father and son.

"I hear 'Anthony,' it'll scare me to death," Shines said. "I'll look around and look for family."

In 2009, Maxim magazine tabbed Shines, a former Montreal Expos player and White Sox coach, with the "most bad ass name of all time."

"I heard that," Shines said. "I was happy to hear that the name still resonates among people."

– Kevin Druley,


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