Will Smith has heard all of your Will Smith jokes

David Brown
December 5, 2013

Before you Milwaukee Brewers fans get all excited twirling each other over your heads because left-hander Will Smith is coming to your team in a trade, just hold on. When introducing himself to the Milwaukee media Wednesday afternoon, Smith said he's not the actor/hip-hop vocalist Will Smith. He confirmed it during a conference call.


That's OK, though. Smith is a good back-of-the-rotation candidate long-term who is coming off a good season pitching from the bullpen for the Kansas City Royals. His slider gets a huge percentage of swings and misses. Just as long as Brewers fans don't want him to sing "Welcome To Miami" (or "Milwaukee.") And don't ask him about his son, Jaden, either.

Smith says that having a famous namesake is as irritating as it might sound.

“Remember that ESPN commercial that came out with Michael Jordan?” he said in a conference call with reporters. “That’s basically my life.”

When did the jokes get old?

“That’s a good question,” Smith said with a sigh. “I get them all the time. I think I’ve just learned to live with it. Some of them are funny, but some of them are just, ‘Come on…’ It’s all in good fun. I enjoy it. I mean, I’m a white guy named Will Smith. There it is.”

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David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!