The next time Arizona Diamondbacks announcer and former MLB player Bob Brenly wants to make a "joke" about what a player is wearing on the field, he should probably keep his mouth shut.
During Tuesday night's game between the Diamondbacks and the New York Mets, Brenly made what he thought was a "joke" about Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman's choice to wear a du-rag.
“I’m sure that is the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly said.
It was a total non-sequitur, and Brenly's partner in the booth, Steve Berthiaume, tried to shift the focus and move on as quickly as possible.
Brenly responded with an apology Wednesday afternoon, saying that he has reached out directly to Stroman and will be going through sensitivity training.
Dennis Young at the New York Daily News pointed out that this is not the first time Brenly has unnecessarily mocked a non-white player for what he chose to wear on the field.
Brenly, who managed in Arizona from 2001-04, has a record of totally unnecessary comments about non-white players. In 2019, he said that “it might be easier to run the bases if he didn’t have that bike chain around his neck,” about Fernando Tatis Jr.
Stroman responds to Brenly's remark
With several videos of Brenly's "joke" floating around Twitter, Stroman heard about it not long after the game ended (the Mets lost 6-5 in 10 innings). With his signature blend of class, maturity, and humor, he tweeted about the "racist" incident without once mentioning Brenly's name.
Stroman also retweeted and quote tweeted numerous responses to Brenly's comment.
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