Papi Dont Preach

Dear Mexican: I am addressing this to both you and Dan Savage, hoping one of you will have an answer: Why do Mexican chicks yell for their papi during sex?

Daddy del Diablo

Dear Readers: After getting the above query, Dan Savage, author of the pinche hilarious column Savage Love, suggested that I answer the question in his column (see page 109) and he answer it in mine. So without further ado, the Mexican turns over the burro to his favorite joto.


Savage Love

Dear Daddy: None of the women I fucked under duress during my closeted adolescence were Mexicans, sadly, so I don't have much personal experience with Mexican chicks. But I was lucky enough to sleep with some very hot Mexican dudes while I worked in a restaurant during high school. These Mexican guys did not ask me to call them "Papi" — well, not so far as I could tell. There were language barriers, you see, as the Mexican guys I knew briefly and loved sodom-ly had come to our country to do jobs and teenagers that Americans were unwilling to do. But all the Mexican guys I messed around with seemed to favor the same pet name and I came to enjoy hearing it growled into in my ear. Forgive my spelling here, Gustavo, but my pet name sounded like "Merry-cone." Does that mean something in Spanish?

Anyway, DDD, I imagine that Mexican chicks yell for their papi during sex for the same reason all those busboys — not being a bigot; they really were busboys — liked to call me "Merry-cone." It turned 'em on.


Dear Mexican: When you strike out four times in a game in baseball, why is it called a "golden sombrero"?

¡Viva Los Dawyers!

Dear Wab: The why of your question is easy. A hat trick in hockey jargon is when someone scores three goals in a game, so some baseball joker over the years decided to invert the colloquialism to honor a player's embarrassing four-strikeout day at the plate. The choice of words follows logic: The next step beyond a mere hat is a sombrero, and the "golden" is tacked on for irony. But the more interesting part of your question, ¡Viva!, is who created the term and when it first occurred. The 1999 Dickson Baseball Dictionary cites the earliest use of "golden sombrero" in the 1989 autobiography of former Chicago Cubs manager Don Baylor. But a June 16, 1987, Associated Press dispatch quotes then- Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose as saying, "We had two guys who got the 'Golden Sombrero' tonight. You know what the Golden Sombrero is, don't you? It's the hat trick plus one." Rose's quip suggests that "golden sombrero" was already popular in big-league clubhouses during the 1980s, but probably no earlier than that.

FYI: The Mexican initially leaned toward classifying "golden sombrero" as yet more proof of baseball bigotry against Mexicans, since the sport abounds in negative Mexican-themed terms; others include a Mexican standoff (used for match-ups where nothing ultimately happens) and the Mendoza line, in reference to Mexican big-league shortstop Mario Mendoza and the mediocre .200 batting average all batters want to avoid. Ultimately, I decided against the race card: Really, is there a bigger hat out there than the Mexican sombrero?

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