SAN DIEGO, CA — Former Mets first baseman and current broadcaster Keith Hernandez was on the wrong coast at the wrong time on Saturday, as he remarked that Padres’ massage therapist Kelly Calabrese, and women in general, “don’t belong in the dugout.”
“Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair?” Hernandez said, possibly intimating that he might be okay with it if she were to look a tad more butch. “What’s going on here? You have got to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout.” Later, after confirming that she was with the team and not an Easter gift from Charlie Sheen, he joked, “I won’t say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout.”
On Sunday Calabrese took the opportunity to make it an even bigger deal. “He not only discredited me as a person, but he discredited women,” she said, apparently aware of Hernandez’s role as a spokesman for a generation. Hernandez subsequently apologized on-air, but in his defense, the remark was probably actually made by Roger McDowell, standing by the gravelly road.