[Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton] likes them all, but with spring training cranking up and Stanton touted as a future home-run champion, he said Wednesday he prefers Giancarlo.
For the first time, that's the way he's identified on the Marlins' roster. That's also the name on his paycheck and above his locker. That's what team owner Jeffrey Loria calls him.
I remember when I thought when I found out that his name is actually Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton, I flipped out on the idea that he would prefer to call himself "Mike Stanton." In the most recent "Mostly Mets" podcast, we discussed the absurdity of Mike Stanton being called Mike Stanton instead of using the awesome name of Giancarlo as his calling card. Now it seems as though Stanton is more interested in hearing Giancarlo than Michael, though he obviously says all of those iterations are acceptable.
When asked why he made the switch to the bland Michael (and I'm allowed to say that, because my name is Michael as well), he offered the most logical explanation:
"No one could pronounce it right," he said. "Everyone thought it was two words. Gene-carlo, Juan-carlo, Gionne-carlo. You have seven periods in school, so seven times a day: 'No, that's not the name.' "
I get mad when people spell my name wrong. I mean, who spells Michael with an "-eal?" It makes no phonetic sense! So I understand why Stanton would not want to hear his name butchered over and over again over the course of a day. But as mentioned int he podcast, it speaks of poor decision-making on Stanton's part to decide on Michael instead of Giancarlo once he got into baseball. In baseball, one would always opt for a more majestic name whenever possible, and it really does not get any more majestic than Giancarlo. Plus, there were already two previous Mike Stantons, and they were both relievers! How can Stanton expect to escape the dreaded history of Mike Stanton's by taking on the burden of the name? It just isn't smart to tie your career irrevocably with a reliever.
Anyway, here's hoping we get to hear more Giancarlo Stanton's than Mike Stanton's this season. Honestly, I'd like to hear his full name read out every time he hits a home run. Call it the new "his name is Dan Uggla!" thing for Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton to do. And in the middle of his full name, stick his nickname "Power" in there as well. Giancarlo Cruz-Michael "Power" Stanton is a hell of a name.