By Mike Steffanos
For the most part, I've always kept this blog about New York Mets baseball. I haven't tried to work my politics or my belief system into things, as they have nothing to do with the Mets.
The whole todo over Keith Hernandez and the female San Diego massage therapist, however, brings up an issue that is very important to me -- the right of someone to say something that most of us don't agree with. I didn't agree with Keith's statement that a woman had no place in the dugout, but I also did not agree with her assertion that his comments discredited women. Sorry to anyone I offended on either side of the issue, but I guess my point here is that the only way never to offend is to never really say anything -- an art that many politicians and sports commentators have mastered, to the detriment of us all.
I have a smartass streak in me, which led me to make the point that by rule she shouldn't have been in the dugout. This has allowed some to ignore the rest of my argument and focus on one sentence in the story. You were indeed correct that this was not the rule, so you got me there. Too bad you chose to ignore everything else I talked about, but that's your right, I guess.
In any case, my point was never that Keith was right. I even agree with SportsNet New York for making him apologize, because he did cross a line. There are those that refuse to let this thing end here, and I have an issue with them.
The problem with this world we live in today is that it refuses to allow dissent from what is considered "acceptable" thinking. It takes one thing that someone says and chooses to blow it out of anything resembling proportion. Keith Hernandez honestly believes that women don't belong in the dugout -- a commonly held belief from when he played and the generation he came from -- and this is elevated to a slur on all women. Maybe there can be a meaningful discussion on this subject if the incurably morally superior can get over their outrage over one man's opinion.
There is a reason why politicians trip over themselves not to say anything at all. We now demand a insipidness and orthodoxy of thought from our public figures that is pathetic. Have we become so fragile that we'd prefer to be patronized with platitudes rather than be engaged by meaningful discussion? I'm so bored and so frustrated by this world that we now live in. I'm sure that Hernandez will be replaced sooner or later by someone that never says anything controversial, and the thought police will be free to move on in their never-ending quest to make the world a little blander.
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