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Sports Media Gets Its Panties In a Bunch Over Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons’ Dresses Comments – UPDATE

MLB’s new slide rule came into sharp focus last night when Toronto Blue Jays superstar Jose Bautista was called out at second last night after coming into contact with Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe, costing the Blue Jays a possible victory.

When Bautista came into contact with Forsythe he committed a throwing error, scoring two runs to give the Jays a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning. However, after the umpires reviewed and reversed the call, Bautista became the third out. The game was over and the Rays won their first game of the 2016 season 3-2.

But the sports media, being like any other part of the mainstream media, is trying to shift the story from the slide rule to Blue Jays to rules of political correctness.

Following the game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, naturally unhappy that the new slide rule cost his team the game, said, “Maybe we’ll come out wearing dresses tomorrow. Maybe that’s what everybody’s looking for.”

The overreaction was fast and furious.

Ty Duffy of USA Today: “Probably best to express your frustration about a baseball rule without degrading an entire gender.”

Marc Normandin of SB Nation:

Please stop identifying being a woman and anything feminine as a negative. There is literally no reason to go that route, and plenty of ways Gibbons could have expressed himself without needlessly putting down half the population. Maybe Gibbons instantly regretted his choice to go that route, but even then, that’s getting some self-awareness a little late. Do better, John.

Jesse Spector of The Sporting News:

Gibbons, naturally, was furious, but that does not give him a pass for voicing his frustration with misogyny.

First of all, when you accept the salary of a major league manager, part of the job is representing the franchise as its public face, so when you make the implication that women are lesser, you’re demeaning a significant portion of your customer base. This is unacceptable, and Gibbons would do well to apologize for it at his first opportunity.

Where do I begin?

Let’s begin with the obvious. All three of these sportswriters are men. (Oh oh, Aaron. You’re demeaning male sportswriters.)

Now I don’t know if it’s because they were brought up in liberal households, their university education or trying to gain street cred with their feminist wives or girlfriends or a combination thereof. But whatever their reasoning, the notion that John Gibbons was demeaning an entire gender is absolute rubbish. Had Gibbons said, “Maybe we’ll come out wearing diapers,” or “Maybe we’ll come out with training wheels on” that would that have been demeaning to babies and young children? Would Gibbons have offended a significant portion of his team’s customer base? Hardly.

I mean it’s not like John Gibbons made comments about Megyn Kelly, accused Michelle Fields about lying about being assaulted or retweeted an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.

But in the age we live I wouldn’t be surprised if Gibbons is not only forced to apologize and undergo gender sensitivity training but make a donation to his local chapter of Planned Parenthood or to Hillary Clinton, very likely both.

UPDATE: Gibbons is standing firm and isn’t issuing any apologies. Prior to this afternoon’s game against the Rays, Gibbons stated:

It was meant as a little humor.My mom, my wife, my daughter found it kind of funny. They know me. I do think the world needs to lighten up a bit. So, I’ll move on from that.

I cannot understand how that would offend anybody, to be honest with you, if it doesn’t offend my mother, my daughter and my wife, who have a great understanding of life.

Honestly, I didn’t expect that. I understand there’s an uproar, I don’t get that; it’s not the way I think. Try to inject a little humor into an intense situation. That’s kind of who I am. You guys know me, that’s who I am. No ill intent, but I do think we need to lighten up the world.

With that, John Gibbons just threw a brushback pitch against political correctness.

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