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Sabathia makes announcement guaranteed to irritate New York Times
2008-07-07 14:35
by Bob Timmermann

Newly arrived Milwaukee Brewers pitcher C.C. Sabathia has announced that his first name will now no longer sport any periods. He wishes to be called CC Sabathia. A man of Sabathia's size (officially listed at 6'7" and 290  lbs) likely has a lot of CCs in him.

According to the New York Times story (from the AP) about the trade Sabathia had a 3.83 "E.R.A."

2008-07-07 14:44:22
1.   Eric Enders
CCH Pounder was unavailable for comment.
2008-07-07 14:49:56
2.   mintxcore
This makes me happy! As someone who uses initials for his own name, I prefer the way AJ looks over A.J.

Bring it on CC!

2008-07-07 14:51:41
3.   Bob Timmermann
Sabathia's shows the internal conflict.

2008-07-07 14:52:24
4.   Bob Timmermann
I would also recommend people read the last paragraph of the linked story.
2008-07-07 14:55:40
5.   underdog
The New York Times should shift to referring to athletes by "Mr." and "Ms." now, so they can avoid the CC conundrum. (Also the name of a new Robert Ludlum novel.)
2008-07-07 15:22:54
6.   standuptriple
I'll still call him C, thank you very much.
2008-07-07 15:25:00
7.   110phil
Thanks for this! I fully support CC in his noble endeavor.
2008-07-07 15:37:17
8.   Bob Timmermann
I don't believe the New York Times has ever used "Mr." or "Mrs." or any other title for sports stories.

For a very long time, all athletes were just referred to by their last name only.

2008-07-07 15:43:50
9.   Eric Stephen
Who says lightning can't strike twice?
2008-07-07 15:47:33
10.   Philip Michaels
1 e.e. cummings wonders what all the fuss is about.
2008-07-07 15:48:29
11.   RIYank
It's not clear to me that C. C. has the authority to do this. What if he decreed that the periods were still okay, but they had to be little pentagons? Why should he get to decide?

Also, does the NYT use a period with Harry Truman's middle initial? (Or, hm, maybe 'initial' isn't the right word. His middle letter.)

2008-07-07 16:05:05
12.   Johnny Nucleo
Of course, editors at the New Yorker reserve the right to put an umlaut above the "i" in Sabathia if they see fit.
2008-07-07 16:05:16
13.   Bob Timmermann
The New York Times still uses "Harry S. Truman"

2008-07-07 16:21:42
14.   dianagramr
Two thoughts:

1) If he decided instead to be represented by a glyph, would the reporters have to refer to him as TPFKNACPCPS (the pitcher formerly known as C period C period Sabathia)?

2) Many women would like to be able to drop their periods as easily.

2008-07-07 16:23:35
15.   RIYank
Oh, and Sabathia has missed two! Hm. This would be an unprecedented stint on the 40-week DL.
2008-07-07 16:24:52
16.   110phil
Harry "S." Truman? Hilarious! The New. York. Times. is amusing me to no end.
2008-07-07 16:25:43
17.   dianagramr
will kd lang be singing the National Anthem in his first Brewers start?
2008-07-07 16:26:53
18.   Bob Timmermann
There was a debate among newspaper writers on whether or not it should have been Harry S. Truman or Harry S Truman. It did not help that Truman himself did not care.

It is the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

2008-07-07 16:27:38
19.   dianagramr
In related news, Edwin Encanarcion wants to now be referred to simply as Enc.
2008-07-07 17:04:44
20.   JL25and3
McCullogh's Pulitzer-Prize winning biography opts for the period: Harry S. Truman. As I understand it, the S may not have stood for anything, but it was still meant as an initial rather than a name in and of itself.
2008-07-07 17:15:34
21.   Linkmeister
O/T, but there's a subversive librarian in Denver.

Belies that stereotype, doesn't it?

2008-07-07 17:32:09
22.   Bob Timmermann
Not among librarians I know.
2008-07-07 17:34:08
23.   RIYank
20 But a letter can't be an initial if it doesn't stand for something -- it has to be the 'initial' letter of something!
2008-07-07 18:15:07
24.   underdog
8 Right, I realize that. I was just hopeful they would change policy, you know, for kicks.
2008-07-08 07:09:44
25.   JL25and3
23 Sliced, I have to say that I'm disappointed in you. So concrete, so literal, so limiting! There are any number of explanations that make perfectly good conceptual sense to me.

Perhaps his parent agreed on the initial, but never got around to coming up with the rest of the name.

Perhaps it does stand for something, but the parents simply didn't choose to specify what that something is.

Perhaps it is an early example of conceptual art, where the initial is intended to stand for all "S" names simultaneously.

Hell, maybe it's a name that exists in more than three dimensions, and the "S" is the only part that intersects with our perceptual realm.

Furthermore, I'd disagree with you conceptually. In order to be an initial letter, the primary requirement is that there be nothing before it. Why does there have to be something after it in order to be the initial letter? In fact, the initial letter of his middle name is, indisputably, "S."

Finally, here's a thought experiment. Let's imagine Truman filling out a form that asked for "Last Name/First Name/M.I." If he put "S" in that third spot, would you say he was wrong?

2008-07-08 14:44:27
26.   misterjohnny
Just wanted to throw some fuel on this fire. The website has it as
Harry S Truman (no period)
W. must not like him.

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