Five years in the big leagues and 174 career appearances haven't made it any easier to spell (or in some cases pronounce) the name of St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Honestly, it's one of those names that makes you thankful for the "copy and paste" options, which I've admittedly used repeatedly throughout his career, but can be a complete nightmare on Autocorrect.
Even Rzepczynski's teammates still struggle with it, as we learned in the video below. In it, second baseman Daniel Descalso and fellow pitcher Joe Kelly were put in the unenviable position of having to spell Rzepczynski (aka, Scrabble) on the spot, with the camera rolling, during the filming of the Cardinals "BirdsiView" web series.
It was a mighty struggle for both.
The timing of the video is interesting to me because it was just during last Sunday night's Cardinals-Phillies game that I quizzed my dad on the correct pronunciation of Marc Rzepczynski. That didn't go well either, but I figured it might be easier than saying it and then asking him to spell it.
I think we'll just have to cross that name off the list and move on to something easier. Like, say, Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik or Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos Anthropolous.