Posted by Word Camel on October 17, 2004
After a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees the last Teh Yankess and Redsocks played, Pedro Martinez, Boston's legendary unhittable pitcher in baseball remarked "What can I say? I tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy."
There is a bitter rivalry between the two clubs and so when Martinez pitched against the Yankees in the post season at Yankees Stadium the fans chanted "Who's your daddy?"
I had never heard 'call X my daddy' though I've heard 'who's your daddy'. 'Who's your daddy' seems to have more of a protective connotation while 'call x my daddy' is more domineering. Has any one got more information about the first phrase? As it happens we've discussed 'who's your daddy' before but I don't think we have an origin for that phrase either.