|This just in: You’ve been pronouncing the Red Sox shortstop’s name wrong||06.18.12 at 10:34 am ET|
The discovery is right on par with when it was learned former Red Sox pitcher Tim VanEgmond‘s name was spelled using a capital ‘E.’
As it turns out, the majority of the baseball world — and really world, in general — has been mispronouncing the Red Sox shortstop’s name. Let Mike Aviles explain:
“Yeah, my name is Mike A-vee -less,” said Aviles, who puts an accent over the ‘e’ when writing it out. “The majority of people don’t say it the right way, and I’m a pretty low-maintenance type of person so I don’t bother correcting them. I know they’re trying to talk to me. I just leave it. It doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people some time.”
So, how far back does the miscommunication go?
“Way, way, way back in the day. In school. Probably before second grade,” said the New York native with Puerto Rican roots. “I know how to say my name the American way, and the Latin way … the right way.”
Aviles doesn’t expect the trend to change, and he’s OK with that. It’s become part of the deal.
“In all honesty, I know what they’re trying to say and it doesn’t really bother me when people don’t say my name right,” he said. “It’s OK.”
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