Sometimes it is funny. Sometimes it is hurtful.
Take the tragic case of Texas Rangers reserve outfielder Jim Adduci.
Wash' pronounces the name, "Ah-do-she." Or, if you are a high school sophomore, "A-douche" (insert frat-guy giggles here).
In an effort to provide all of my readers reader with insightful, meaningful and life-changing content, I asked the question that everyone wants to ask, but do not have the guts: Does Mr. Jim Adduci care that his manager is butchering this sacred, Italian name?
"No," he said. "I haven't really heard it."
Like you, I don't believe him. Adduci is obviously devastated, and should be filing a lawsuit shortly. He's just trying to protect his job, and playing nice.
Exactly how should Wash' pronounce the name?
"I really don't even know. I used to have a teammate who was an Italian guy, and he said it's, 'A-do-ch-e'," he said. "The way I was taught was, 'A-do-see.' I really dont mind it. It makes me sound more Italian."
Adduci is just being brave. There is obviously a lot of hurt here.
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