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Who's your Daddy?

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 18, 2004

In Reply to: Who loves ya, baby? posted by ESC 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.

: : Somebody must know, but not me. On the other hand, I know that it's a wise child who knows his own father. SS

: Along the same vein:

: The character played by Telly Savalas on the U.S. program "Kojak" (1973-8 and 1989-90) had "Who loves ya, baby?" as his "greeting or chat-up line." ("Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases" by Anna Farkas (Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, 2002)

In the movie Stripes , Bill Murray was fooling around in the kitchen with PJ Soles, he keeps asking her "Who's your Daddy?". It's definitely got sexual overtones and I hear it casued quite a stir among Red Sox Nation (as Red Sox fans call themselves) when Pedro said it. Needless to say it caused gails of derisive laughter from Yankee fans and led to the thundering "Who's your Daddy" chants from the 55,000 faithful at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night when Pedro pitched.

The nickname of Boston's American League franchise has always been spelled "Red Sox" and that's their official name. It's a shortened form of "Red Stockings", and their logo is a pair of red socks but it's got its own spelling. And Pedro Martinez is such a legendary pitcher that he's known simply as "Pedro" in the baseball world (in case you wanted to know).