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Baseball Player Name of the Week

Posted By Emma Span On April 14, 2011 @ 3:59 pm In Bronx Banter,Emma Span,Million Dollar Movie,Player Name of the Week | Comments Disabled

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The Tigers recently called up Alberto “Al” Alburquerque.

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That man’s parents had absolutely the right idea. If my last name were Alburquerque, which sadly it is not, I would name my son the same thing and my daughter Alberta. Al is a 24-year-old pitching prospect from the DR, and I wish him a long and productive major-league career. It’s also at times like this that I fiercely miss Bob Sheppard. How much do you wish you could hear him say “Now pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Alberto Alburquerque”? I would cut off a toe.

Not only does the name roll off the tongue, but it gives me an excuse to link to my favorite clips from one of my favorite movies, Billy Wilder’s inky-black and still alarmingly relevant social and media satire, Ace In The Hole. Sadly the clip can’t be embedded, but check it out [3]:

“Even for Alburquerque, this is pretty Alburquerque.”

The longer Al stays in the majors, the more often I get to say that, is the way I look at it.


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[3] check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSB54h-rvfU

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