Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Keith Hernandez Is An Ass!

Another Republican shows us what he really thinks of women! "[He] love[s] you gals out there!" He just doesn't like you in the game of baseball!

Keith Hernandez reprimanded by Mets network for 'inappropriate' comments

April 24, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez was reprimanded by the team's television network for "inappropriate" remarks during a broadcast about a female member of San Diego's training staff.

The former MVP first baseman said women "don't belong in the dugout" when he spotted 33-year-old Kelly Calabrese, the Padres' full-time massage therapist, high-fiving Mike Piazza in the dugout after he hit a home run during New York's 8-1 victory Saturday in San Diego.

After Hernandez found out later in the broadcast that Calabrese was with the Padres training staff, he repeated that she shouldn't have been there. "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout," he said.

Hernandez, a former Mets star, then laughed and said: "You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there -- always have."

"Keith Hernandez made inappropriate comments regarding the presence of a female massage therapist of the San Diego Padres who was in the dugout," SportsNet New York said in a statement Monday. "We immediately addressed the issue with Keith and reprimanded him, and he publicly apologized during Sunday's game."

Hernandez said Sunday that he was sorry if he offended anyone. He also said that baseball's rulebook allowed only the head trainer and assistant trainer in the dugout.

But a Major League Baseball memo previously sent to all clubs said that in addition to the two trainers, one member of the conditioning staff was permitted in the dugout during games. After Hernandez's remarks, MLB called the Padres and verified that, indeed, Calabrese was allowed.

Calabrese said Sunday that she was flabbergasted by Hernandez's comments.

"It's a little shocking but you know what -- it happens," she said. "He not only discredited me as a person, but he discredited women."

Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson also criticized Hernandez.

"Her competence and professionalism, not gender, are the important factors in her role with the club," he said Monday in a statement.

"Our society has made great strides in gender equity in recent years and that progress should be reflected as well in professional baseball," he said. "Keith's remarks were uninformed and were a disservice to Kelly and those women like her who have performed admirably in positions previously reserved for men."

I never liked Keith Hernandez and I am saddened that he will feel no ramifications due to his remarks. He will be allowed to continue earning far more than he deserves, mouthing-off in front of a camera. If the Mets had a modicum of decency (which they obviously don't), he would be terminated and never given the opportunity to work in the organization. Since, however, he likely represents the feelings of most baseball teams, owners, staff, talent and fans, he will be forgiven and allowed to spew his idiocy over the airwaves.

If fired, he (like all right-wingers) will claim freedom of speech and complain that unAmericans want him to be fired.

He is wrong.

He's an ass!

When will the federal government step-in and stop baseball? They are out of control with nobody to answer to. How many more insults must be spewed forth from baseball against the American way of life? They are against the free market, against enforcement of drug laws, anti-consumer, they are in violation of anti-trust laws, and want the unrestricted right to do anything they choose. They must be stopped!

With Hernandez as one of their spokesmen, it's a wonder that any woman or man of conscience would consume baseball as a product.

But this is America. It's unpatriotic to have a conscience!

Take me out to the ballgame!

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