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Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda on Erisbel Arruebarrena

Mar 13, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

The Dodgers recently signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract. The 23-year-old reported to Dodgers camp today and was presented with his jersey, as you’ll see in this picture that was posted to the team’s official Twitter account:

Now that’s how you make the most out of the available space on a uniform. Very impressive work.

Pronouncing (and spelling) Arruebarrena’s name correctly will certainly take some getting used to. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda may have put it best when he was introduced to the club’s newest signing today.

He was introduced Thursday to former manager Tom Lasorda, who asked him his name. When Arruebarrena told him, Lasorda replied in Spanish, “Muy dificil,” or “very difficult.”

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    “Arrua….Arrubl….Arrrah….Our ah new second basemen.”

  2. ptfu - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Why should I change it? He’s the one who sucks.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I thought of something pretty funny about this, but I promised Craig I would not cross the line. So, I have nothing. Hahahaha!

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      And yet….you still posted.

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        so the rest of us can try and imagine what would be a taboo post having to do with a long unpronounceable name. so far i got nothing.

  4. ch0psuey - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Lol Doyers.

  5. yahmule - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I wish all the Dodgers had names like that. I can’t wait to hear Vin Scully say that name and expound upon it in detail.


    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Simple: A-Barr.

  6. RonKarate - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Number 11? He should change his name to Manny Mota.

  7. Professor Fate - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    “Now batting, number eleven, E.A. (it’s in the game).”

  8. sawxalicious - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:23 AM

  9. anxovies - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Good try, but Saltalamacchia retains the title.

  10. nsstlfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Yeah but you can pronounce Salty’s name. It’ll be interesting to see how people pronounce this name.

  11. happytwinsfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    the dodgers should hold a fan contest to choose a pronounceable nick name

  12. Joe Vecchio - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Wojciehowicz. Spell it like it sounds

  13. umrguy42 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Were we seeing it spelled at one point with another ‘u’, “Arruebarruena”? Or did I just mis-read it?

    • davidpom50 - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Yes. When he was playing for the Cuban National team, they spelled it wrong, and he decided not to correct them, for fear of being labeled a dissident.

  14. bigjimatch - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    more difficult that watching Dave Kingman’s performance? I wonder what he thought of that?

  15. baseballfrenetic - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    To much R’s that the problem. Arr!!!!!

  16. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I have no doubt that the greatest announce in pro sports will handle this mouthful of marbles name with ease.

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