Since we had fun debating sexism last time, let’s do it again.
I somehow became part of this little focus group for MLB where I answer online surveys like once a month. I do it faithfully because I love baseball and I’d like to think I help counteract the retards who are likely part of this survey group as well, the ones who provide suggestions like “John Kruk needs a reality TV show” or “MIC UP MORE PLAYERS PLZ.”
The last survey was all about MLB TV, a coming-soon, 24/7 baseball channel which I’d love to get but I’m sure will be way too expensive to justify. It covered baseball media in general, so I got to provide insight on who I think is worth listening to/reading (Jon Miller, Baseball Prospectus), and who I’d like to see doing commentary on TV (anyone but Mike Krukow).
Then it got kinda weird. Follow the jump for more; if you’re wondering, that’s ESPN’s Erin Andrews. She doesn’t do baseball. C’est la vie.
So toward the end, one of the questions was “How do you feel about female commentators/reporters?” The choices were 1) I would like to see female commentators, 2) Neutral (I do not care one way or the other), 3) I do not want to see female reporters, and 4) Don’t Know.
I’m not a lawyer, but that seemed pretty discriminatory to me. They’re quite clearly deciding if they should fill some sort of lady quota, or just hire Steve Phillips (please no). I realize that it’s TV, it’s entertainment, and they wanna know if people are going to freak out and say “I don’t wants ta get mah baseball talk from a fe-male,” and change the channel, but it just seemed like a weird question to ask. I mean, we’re not talking about the president here, AMIRITE?
I don’t really give a shit who’s doing the talking so long as they understand the game, aren’t on TV solely because they’re expert yellers, and don’t think Moneyball was about on-base percentage. If it’s a hot chick, so be it, and if it’s a fat dude, so be it. Just don’t make me want to cram a screwdriver in my ear by saying shit like “Alex Rodriguez is not a winner” and we’ll call it even. Basically, I just want Peter Gammons to read old-timey stories about baseball on TV every night, in front of a fireplace with a pipe. Good times.