This was a post that I wanted to put up here a few months ago during Spring Training but for some reason forgot. I'm not sure why it is, but I get called Mark Antonelli a lot. I know Matt and Mark are semi close, but they are two pretty different names. I don't go around calling Billy, Bobby, or Tom, Tim, but for some reason a lot of people call me Mark. The craziest thing is that I get announced as Mark in a lot of ballparks that I have played in. I've gone entire games from the 1st at-bat until the last with, "now batting #9 Mark Antonelli." The announcer has the lineup card right in front of him, which makes it even more mind boggling. The fact that I get called the wrong name a lot doesn't really bother me, it just makes me wonder why it happens so much.
A few years ago I was invited out to San Diego during the off-season to take part in Friar Fest. While I was out there we had a charity lunch with an organization that made homemade cookies for all of the players. I was called up to grab my cookie, and when I looked down at it, this is what I saw. I couldn't help but laugh.