• The Story Behind Bruney’s Ink

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2006 · Comments (6)

    From the NY Times:

    Bruney has a thick, black tattoo of a Maltese cross on his left forearm, which he said symbolized strength, honor and integrity. In Arizona, he said he tried to follow the off-field example of the veteran first baseman Tony Clark, who is considered one of baseball’s classiest players.

    “Bru is an outstanding young man,” Clark said in an e-mail message. “It’s been exciting for me to see him doing so well. I was disappointed to see him go, but knew the possibility of him settling in and having a great deal of success was definitely within reach.”

    Somebody should tell Tyler Kepner that this is an “Iron Cross” and not a “Maltese Cross” –


    But, other than that, it was nice to see this question finally addressed.

    Comments on The Story Behind Bruney’s Ink

    1. DFLNJ
      September 22nd, 2006 | 9:13 am

      Somebody should tell Tyler Kepner that this is an “Iron Cross” and not a “Maltese Cross”
      You’ve done it now Steve.

      I’m staying out of this one.

    2. baileywalk
      September 22nd, 2006 | 11:40 am

      Someone should tell Bruney. The article says “which he said symbolized strength, honor and integrity.” That “he” is Bruney — so Bruney thinks what he has on his arm is a Maltese cross.

    3. September 22nd, 2006 | 12:03 pm

      Indeed, I followed both of Steve’s links, and it appears Mr. Bruney has confused the two. He had an iron cross tattoo made, and thinks it means the other. A shame, because the tattoo is impossible to rearrange without a great deal of pain. Now Mr. Bruney will have to say that he is the very model of a Prussian Major General. No, wait, now I’m channeling Gilbert and Sullivan… Oh well.

    4. September 22nd, 2006 | 12:39 pm

      Lesson to us all – don’t drink and tattoo at the same time.

    5. christopher
      September 22nd, 2006 | 12:44 pm

      Exactly. A guy I work with got a scorpion tattooed on his arm because his daughter is a Scorpio – or so he thought. Turns out she’s a Libra. Whoops.

    6. Don
      September 23rd, 2006 | 2:40 pm

      Now he can have it removed.

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