One thing is certain - the son of Jeff and Cathy Stefanick will never need the initial of his last name to identify him. His first name, Mattingly, should be sufficient. Jeff and Cathy welcomed little Mattingly Francis Stefanick into the world (to be specific, Denville, N.J.) on Dec. 1, 1993. "The one constant positive of the New York Yankees is Don Mattingly," said Jeff, 28, a quality control technician for Tetley Tea. "Class, respect and performance are all things that everyone knows him for. But Don Mattingly is also a solid family man who has remained steady. He keeps my hopes alive each spring." Jeff and Cathy call their son Matt for short, at least for now. They brought him to a recent Yankee FanFest, but unfortunately didn't get to meet his namesake. Cathy, a junior high school teacher, had no problem with the unusual choice of name. "She loved it as soon as we came up with it," Jeff said. Mattingly wouldn't have been their choice for a girl: "I think we'd have chosen Jocelyn or something." But by September, the Stefanicks knew their impending offspring was going to be a boy, so there was one less important decision to worry about. "Even as Don may pass into the baseball twilight, my son Mattingly will always be there to keep giving me hope, just as Don has done for me throughout my youth and adulthood," Jeff said. "I'm proud to associate my son with such a fine person as Don Mattingly." Jeff also wondered whether there might be other parents out there who had named their children after baseball heroes. Several players themselves have named their sons after colleagues or their own heroes. And that's not even including such players as Ken Griffey Jr. Chicago White Sox outfielder Tim Raines named his son Andre after his former teammate and close friend Andre Dawson. Dawson is also young Andre's godfather. Pete Rose named his son Tyler after Ty Cobb, whose all-time hit record Rose himself broke. Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who came up through the Chicago Cubs system, named his son Patrick Ryne, after former teammate Ryne Sandberg. Oakland outfielder Stan Javier is the son of former major leaguer Julian Javier, and was named for Stan Musial. Detroit utilityman Mickey Tettleton was named for Mickey Mantle, who in turn was named for Mickey Cochrane.
Winston, Lisa, YANKEE PRIDE - Name fits like a first-base glove., BASEBALL WEEKLY, 03-30-1994, pp 12.