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There’s no Harassing in Baseball…

By Brian | April 25, 2006 | Share on Facebook

Keith Hernandez, New York Mets broadcaster, upon spotting 33-year old Kelly Calabrese (the San Diego Padres’ full-time massage therapist) in the San Diego dugout:

I won’t say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout.

Ouch.

Later, during the same game:

You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there — always have.

Ouch again.

He was reprimanded by his employer, SportsNet New York, and apologized on the air during the following game.

For the record, I think what Hernandez said was unbelievably tone deaf, and he deserves the slap on the wrist he got. But the reaction itself is not all that surprising. The article doesn’t mention if Ms. Calabrese is the first woman with a regular spot in a major league dugout, or if she’s the only one in such a role right now. Having watched baseball for a very long time (although not as long as Keith Hernandez), I’m pretty confident in saying that if she’s not the only one, she’s a member of a very, very small group.

So yes – a surprised reaction is not entirely out of bounds. And once a broadcaster is surprised like that, what comes out of his mouth next is more than likely going to get him in some kind of trouble. But my sympathy ends as soon as he uses the phrase “belong in the kitchen” followed by a veiled sexual reference.

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