Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Keith Hernandez Reprimand Stands as Punishment
Baseball color commentator Keith Hernandez has always stood by women in the pro sports arena whenever they were wrestling for equality. . . as long as it was mud wrestling maybe. The Mets broadcast network is resisting grumblings that the former All-Star first baseman should be suspended for making "inappropriate" remarks about women. Hernandez will bear no more than a reprimand after his on-air remarks in which he stated: "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout." Hernandez had complained that "it's a man's game" and incorrectly asserted that women are supposed to be fobidden in the dugout. Hernandez had spotted the Padres female massage therapist "high-fiveing" catcher Mike Piazza during a PetCo Field game with the Mets last week, and compared her to "Kissing Bandit" Morganna. The buxom Morganna used to dash out onto the field and plant kisses on the cheeks of such players as now Hall-of-Famer George Brett (that's Morganna and George in the photo) in the days when Hernandez was a player.