Name recognition in the city of Philadelphia with so many pro great athletes is a difficult thing to establish, but fans of Domonic Brown and the Philadelphia Phillies found out how hard that was on Friday night.
A local sportscaster named Amy Fadool, who should know better, voiced-over a Brown double by calling him “Dominique Brown.” That’s even worse than calling manager Ryne (pronounced like the Rhine river in Europe) Sandberg “Ryan” Sandberg, which has also been done.
Most people know the final syllable of Domonic is pronounced “Nick,” but Brown will have to avoid the famous sophomore jinx to establish his name for good in the city, at least among all of the local sportscasters. Though technically not is second season, this year is his second full-time season in the majors. He’s been up and down from Triple-A to the majors since 2010, but never earned a consistent starting spot until 2013.
The Phillies might be able to contend for a Wild Card if a lot goes right, and in that lot is Brown duplicating his first full season, or at least coming close to it. The production is good so far, as Brown is batting .333 (5-for-15) with a pair of RBI, ahead of his pace a year ago when he hit .272 with 27 homers and 83 RBI in 139 games. Last year’s power was a surprise because Brown, even though he is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, never hit more than 20 home runs in any pro season. That’s as good a reason as any to be skeptical about whether or not Brown can do it again when the pitchers will be wise to him the second time around.
It’s a small sample, but so far, Brown is doing his part to keep any jinx from becoming unlucky for the Phils.