Hernandez calls bat 'dead soldier'
Long after his playing days ended, one-time NL MVP and World Series hero Keith Hernandez has made a name for himself in front of the camera and behind the mic — from his memorable one-episode turn on “Seinfeld” to pitch man for Just for Men hair coloring to his decade-plus in the Mets’ TV booth.
But on Monday, Memorial Day, one of the stars of the Mets’ famed 1986 championship team may have earned himself a small spot in broadcasting infamy. Hear for yourself.
We'll give Hernandez the benefit of the doubt and assume this is just a case of awfully bad timing to use a tired war metaphor for sports. On Monday night, the New York Times reported that while Hernandez had not spoken about the matter, the TV network SNY (which is the primary broadcast partner for the Mets and Hernandez's employer, though not the station airing Monday's game), said through a spokesperson, "We’ll address the matter with Keith. It was an honest mistake and a poor choice of words."
But we must also note this isn't the first time Hernandez found himself in hot water over on-air comments.
While calling a Mets game in San Diego in 2006, Hernandez, while referring to a female member of the Padres training staff who was in the San Diego dugout, said "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout. ... You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there — always have.''