Lunar Ass Toy, Anyone?

Is Unreal the only one who flashes to images of sci-fi monsters upon hearing the name Mike Maroth?

The new Cardinal hurler’s surname is just a quick anagram away from Mothra -- the gigantic lepidopteran that gobbled up scores of Japanese villagers during a run of 1960s schlock thrillers. (One can only hope Maroth eats up innings with similar abandon.)

Intrigued by this wordplay phenomenon, we threw a few Cardinals players and staff into the text tumbler at Internet Anagram Server. Outfielder Juan Encarnacion returned as the colorful Cancan Ninja Euro while injured shortstop David Eckstein came back A Dick Invested.

Albert Pujols rearranges to Burlap Jostle. Ryan Ludwick is A Cud Wrinkly, Adam Wainwright, A Withdrawn Magi. So Taguchi renders Hag Coitus, or, if you prefer, A Stoic Hug.

Tony La Russa, meanwhile, returns a whopping 2,497 alternatives. Favorites: Analyst Ours, Satan Sourly and Lunar Ass Toy -- which, if it isn’t already a movie title, sounds as out-of-this-world outrageous as anything Japanese filmmakers could ever dream up.


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