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Jackie Bradley JR

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    As David Cone asked on broadcast, when can we drop the "jr"
    and start calling him Bradley?

    It's a good question.
  2. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    As a junior myself, I never understand the infatuation with tagging these guys junior all the time. I can see Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the early days, and maybe even today, but that's a rare exception. No one is going to think you are talking about the father if the son is currently a pro athlete and you are describing his actions.
    And on a related note, the "Jr." modifies the first name, not the last. I too often see Bradley Jr. or something similar. That is not correct. He is Jackie Jr. but just Bradley. Some of these guys even have LAST NAME JR. on their jerseys. And always should be just Bradley on second reference. /rantover
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member


    Don't call me Junior.
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Sometimes it's necessary.

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  5. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Indeed. Another rare exception.
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  6. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Isn't it entirely possibly he keeps the junior to honor his father and the name?
  7. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

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  8. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Of course. I have a LOT of pride in my name, but I don't need to be called Jr. at every turn. I understand this is why they put the names on the jerseys, and I'm OK with that, but I don't really like the improper and unnecessary usage of it.
  9. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    But as to my initial post, technically it should be R. GRIFFIN III. The designation doesn't modify the last name, dammit! :)
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  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Robert Griffin the Third drops back to pass......

    You got to hand it to Jackie Bradley Jr's parents. They gave him
    a major league name that announcers love to say.

    I remember the first time Bob Shepard announced Johnny Damon's
    name as a Royal rookie. Always thought it was star quality and he lived
    up to it.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It's one thing if the guy's dad played and you need the suffix, but most times it's just narcissism.

    Look at Florida State's football roster. They've got like six guys listed as "Jr.," "III" or "II."


    Only Mario Edwards Jr., whose dad played at FSU and in the NFL, has a well-known dad.

    (It's worth nothing that in almost every case, the player in question is African-American. This seems to be a subtle way to say "my dad stuck around and is involved in my life," similar to the way married LPGA players hyphenate their last names so you'll read between the lines that they're straight).
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    In our shop, Jr. is sometimes used, but only if the Sr. was actually famous in their own right. Like JFK and Dale Earnhardt. Robert Griffin III is plain old Robert Griffin here.
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