Monday, June 06, 2016
When Roberto Clemente first came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates reporters coined him "Bobby" and frequently tried to embarrass him by spelling phonetically the things he said. Sentences like "I heet the boll..." actually appeared in newspapers. But that was 50 years ago. That would never happen in our more sensitive culture now. Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez (whose phantom injury sent the Mets to the World Series last year) did an interview with Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith in English, even though Gomez doesn't speak the language very well. Here's what Smith wrote in the newspaper: "For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed." Gomez thinks his exact quote was used that way to embarrass him. You don't need to be an English major to figure that out.