For most people, the sweetest sound is their proper name. Nicknames tend to be intimate and descriptive. With athletic teams and in classrooms, nicknames have positives and negatives depending on the situation.
The Royals’ Joakim Soria is hot. In pro baseball, with Latinos making it in the major leagues, many come with different and difficult-to-pronounce Spanish names. Some media folks, instead of making efforts to correctly use a player’s name, screw it up or use a cute nickname.
While the “ Mexicutioner” T-Shirt has the blessings of Mr. Soria, I have always seen him wearing a Royals baseball cap, never a sombrero. The Mexicutioner poster pictured in The Star (7/22, Sports) reeks of racism and conjures up stereotypical images of the Mexican movie bandit.
Vin Scully didn’t pin a nickname on Sandy Koufax. Maybe the Royals can get a psychological lift and win if proper names are used.