Elgin High School sophomore had to remove her Kosuke Fukudome jersey and wear a gym T-shirt to class Wednesday because of a misunderstanding about how to pronounce the All-Star right-fielder's last name.Whoa. Stop there. Someone in Chicago does not know who Kosuke Fukudome is? Again, Cubs fans would probably envy them right now, but that's still a bit odd, isn't it? Good thing she didn't buy a Kerry Wood jersey, I guess.
"Someone stopped me in the hall and asked me what the back of my jersey said," Jill said.
She replied that it was the name of Cubs player, pronounced foo-koo-DOUGH-may. The school staffer wasn't so sure and consulted others.
Then a dean, Susan Matei, told Howe the jersey was inappropriate. Matei made Jill take it off and wear a gym shirt instead.
Associate Principal Alan Flota said students may wear Fukudome apparel at school.Good news for her! And, hey, good news for Cubs fans! Lou Piniella has officially stated that Fukudome won't be in the lineup for Game 3.
"As long as it is a legitimate name, they will be allowed to wear it," Flota said.
"From now on, I don't want to hear about Fukudome anymore as far as whether he's going to play or not," Piniella said when a reporter asked him about Fukudome's slump. "I'm going to play [Mike] Fontenot or Reed Johnson or somebody else, and that's the end of that story. The kid is struggling, and there's no sense sending him out there anymore."After half a season of miserable play, these last two games were finally enough to push Lou to face reality. Too late? Yeah, well, probably...