Why did the elder Giuseppe call him that?
Because Joe hated fishing. That was seen as a terrible thing by the father, because he was a fisherman. He loved the fishing business. So did all of his sons - except for Good-for-Nothing Joe. The boy didn't like being on the boat and the smell of fish made him sick.
The boy offered to work in an office or to repair nets, but his father was simply disgusted with him and said he was good for nothing.
The boy who was not afraid of hard work, deliver newspapers and shined shoes, giving the money to the family, but since it wasn't fishing the elder Giuseppe saw no value in it.
Young Joe hated fishing but he loved baseball. His older brother used to play sandlot ball and Joe used to follow them there. And he was good - something of a legend among his playmates. When Joe was sixteen he decided to drop out of school to become a baseball player. By the time he was through with baseball, he was a legend. He was christened as Giuseppe, but the nation came to know him as Joe DiMaggio, called the most complete baseball player of his generation.
And his father, the elder Giuseppe, what do you think about it? Though he had wanted all of his sons to enter the family business, he was finally proud of his son and respected his accomplishments. How could he not?
Joe took the bad experiences and turned them into great experiences through the perspectives of learning.
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
by. John Maxwell