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The Mariners are calling up an interesting young man

Sep 6, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times alerts us to something neat: the Mariners are going to call up and presumably play the first Italian-born player in nearly 50 years. And it’s not as if he were born at Aviano Air Base and came to the states when he was still in diapers, either. He’s totally Italian:

[Alex] Liddi, 23, will also be the first graduate of the MLB European Academy to play in the majors as well as the first Italian born and raised player to do it … Liddi stayed in his native city of San Remo and played amateur baseball in Italy until signed by Seattle at age 17.

Cue a bunch of obvious Italian stereotypes because most of us just can’t help ourselves.  And cue some not-so-obvious ones from people like me.

You see, my wife’s family is Italian. Like, really Italian with a whole branch of it including her much older half-sister having been born, raised and still living over there.  Which means I have a nephew named Marco over there who is not much younger than Liddi, and through a couple of meetings and a lot of silly interaction on Facebook I have been exposed to a fair amount of Italian youth culture. Which is simultaneously awesome, hilarious and frightening.

If Liddi is anything like that completely ridiculous nephew of mine and his dozens of completely ridiculous Italian friends, I would highly, highly recommend that the beat writers get near this guy in the clubhouse after games because he will NOT offer you the boilerplate “I just want to help the team win some games” rebop.  Rather, he’ll, like, dance and then name-check some weird European combination hip hop/death metal band and then show you inappropriate pictures of his friend’s girlfriend which — when you see them — you’ll wonder how in the hell his friend let him have a copy in the first place. And when you try to gently criticize him, everyone will yell at you for being insensitive to the impressionable young boy.

Or maybe I’m just working through some family issues right now.

  1. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    That post got, uhhhhh, odd rather quickly…..

    • kopy - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      I almost felt awkward for reading it.

  2. Lukehart80 - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I look forward to Old Hoss Radbourn’s take on this news.

  3. itsacurse - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  4. pmcenroe - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    take it easy champ, why don’t you stop talking for awhile..maybe sit the next couple of plays out..

  5. Jonny 5 - Sep 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I can’t wait to see him interviewed and the reporter has to take a step back to make room for his hands to have plenty of room to speak properly. If I tied my wife’s hands she couldn’t talk in complete sentences. She’s only half Italian.

    • mox19380 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      vury funny …

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