Feb 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has been known by many nicknames throughout his storied career: Prince Albert, Phat Albert, The Machine, El Hombre, Poo Holes (okay, maybe not so much with that one), among others.
But Pujols is not a big fan of the “El Hombre” moniker. In fact, he has requested that people refrain from referring to him with that title.
Why, you ask? No, it’s not because he hates the Spanish language, at least that’s not the reason he gave, although I have my suspicions. Nope, Pujols thinks it’s disrespectful to Cardinals legend, Stan “The Man” Musial.
“I don’t want to be called that,” Pujols said. “There is one man that gets that respect, and that’s Stan Musial. He’s the Man. He’s the Man in St. Louis. And I know ‘El Hombre’ means ‘The Man’ in Spanish. But Stan is The Man. You can call me whatever else you want, but just don’t call me El Hombre.”
I appreciate how he explains that he knows what “El Hombre” means in Spanish, which is encouraging, considering Pujols didn’t move to the United States from the Dominican Republic until he was 16. Imagine how difficult his childhood would have been had he not spoke Spanish!
Although there are many other options available when it comes to nicknames for Pujols, “El Hombre” is the only one that properly pays homage to his Hispanic heritage. With that said (actually typed, I guess), I believe it is up to us to come up with a suitable Spanish nickname for the future Hall of Famer. As a fluent Spanish speaker, here are a few ideas, just off the top of my head:
Pujols & Cheese
Oh, and by “fluent Spanish speaker,” I mean that I have no trouble ordering off the Taco Bell menu, usually without incident. Probably should have mentioned that first.
Come to think of it, maybe those nicknames are not appropriate. Actually, they are completely inappropriate, perhaps offensive as well.
Okay, okay, okay, I’m sorry about that transgression. Allow me to make amends…how does “El Guapo” sound?
Yeah, that’s nice.
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