Sexism in baseball

The reigning World Series champions Kansas City Royals are under fire for playing “American Woman” over the stadium speakers while Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warmed up prior to Tuesday’s game. It was a not so subtle way of calling Syndergaard, with his long hair, a woman.  Get it?  It’s hard to believe this was simply coincidental with numerous reports that the Royals were seeking retribution against Syndergaard dating back to Game 3 of the World Series.  Syndergaard threw a fastball that went over Alcides Escobar’s head and the Royals took exception to it.  The fact that these two teams met again on opening day, the first time that has ever happened, is a coincidence.  It seems much less likely that this incident was not meant to be spiteful.    

Royals fans are adamantly defending their team and that is understandable.  It is hard to say who is actually responsible beyond the person that pressed play, but we can’t let this kind of thing slide.  Also Tuesday night, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made a comment after losing to the Rays that, “maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow. Maybe that’s what everybody’s looking for.” Gibbons is defending his comments, but this is even more blatantly misogynistic than what happened in Kansas City. 

Casual sexism is rampant across all professional sports.  It is not okay to imply women are weaker or inferior.  Doing so only widens the gender gap.  My ten year old daughter watches Cardinal games with me and while she drives me crazy with questions at times, I enjoy the time with her and hope she becomes as big of a fan as I am.  If we let comments and incidents like this go or say people are overreacting, we are telling my daughter and all females that they don’t belong.  Women love baseball too, but baseball doesn’t seem to love them back.


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