Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Great moments in subtle sexism

Buried within that Billy Wagner article is a quick little dig at female umpires. Evidently they missed a call. I'm not sure if it was a bad miss or not, but all four initially missed a HR call. It happens. It's also Spring Training, so let's all remember that everyone, umps included, are using this time to train and get ready for the real games in April. But David Lennon of Newsday thought it was worth noting the missed call this way (emphasis mine, of course):

Michel Abreu smashed a drive off the hitter's eye in centerfield, but stopped at second when the umpiring crew -- made up of four women -- did not signal a home run.
Nice subtlies, David Lennon. Let's also note that after a few minutes, Abreu was awarded the HR.

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