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Cody Decker of the Tucson Padres: master of accents

Jun 4, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

Cody Decker of the Tucson Padres is a master of accents, and showed off his talent on 1290 AM radio.

Actually, I have no idea how much mastery Decker actually has over these accents. I can point out the differences among southern U.S. accents and dialects, but beyond that I’m pretty poor at recognizing them. Natives and buzzkillers will likely point out his mistakes. Like, I totally noticed him transitioning from Scottish to Russian a bit slowly.

But if you’re grading ballplayers on a curve for their non-baseball traits — and I really think we should — this is pretty darm good.

  1. paperlions - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    It sounds like he worked really really hard to NOT call Foster’s piss. Every Australian I’ve ever heard talk about it calls it piss over and over and over.

    • Alex K - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Same here. I’ve yet to hear an Australian I know talks about how a lot of places there don’t even serve it.

      • Alex K - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        That should read “Every Australian I know talks….”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      I have a couple of buddies who have traveled to Australia several times on business. Both said you have to work hard (real hard) to even find it in Australia.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        There’s a piss shortage in Australia?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        No little Miss Smarty Pants. Foster’s!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        O, er kehrn’t reade.


  2. skids003 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Craig, we don’t have accents in the South, you guys have the accents!!lol

    • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Seriously, when I was in Massachusetts, sometimes my students (Southies) would say things to me and afterwards I’d say: I’m sorry, you’ll have to say that again. I was so distracted by your accent, I didn’t catch all of that. Amusingly, they thought *I* had an accent.

      • skids003 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        When I used to travel up there a lot, I would get looks in restuerants all the time when I would be ordering. It actually was a good conversation starter with nice women. The I’d really turn on the drawl.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        You rascal!

        I can take it off and put it on…unless I’m mad and then my English deteriorates accordingly.

      • skids003 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Something about a deep Southern drawl…

    • Kevin S. - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Actually, linguists say it’s the mid-Atlantic that actually speaks accent-free. So next time you make fun of us for how we say “water,” know that we’re right and you’re wrong. :-)

  3. reemer894 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    There is a pic of him on the Audio link. He looks like a mix between Tony Romo and Data from Star Trek

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