The Royals Become Fodder for Shoddy Journalism

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I guess this is what happens when success is acquired. People begin to look for reasons to hate, mock and knock from the perch those they rooted so hard for to get there.

Early Wednesday, what started as a single line of questioning from a writer blew up in the afternoon to a full blown national controversy that encompassed the debate of what is humorous and what is degrading to women.  In two separate incidents women sports writers and the political correctness  worry-warts saw opportunity to remind anyone that would listen that using the female sex as a ‘knock’ against dude’s is a no-no.

In a piece written for Fox Sports By Arielle Aronson the writer claimed the royals are suddenly PR deaf  and yesterday was intentional and hurtful. Link to the story here http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/mlb-kansas-city-royals-toronto-blue-jays-noah-syndergaard-john-gibbons-female-fans-040616

The piece is so void of articulate and thoughtful analysis that I feel the need to go through it verbatim to point out the lack common sense used to write it. It also attempted to tie together two separate incidents of completely different connotations into one thought provoking mantra. My thoughts italicized.

“The Kansas City Royals are not exactly off to a smooth start in the PR department this season. After celebrating their World Series win twice in the face of the New York Mets —€” the team the Royals beat in the fall classic — the Royals made another misstep— since when is it a misstep for the world champion team to celebrate said world championship the opening series of the season. The Royals didn’t create the schedule.– Tuesday when they played "American Women" while Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was warming up for the first inning. —-You mean the royals had the audacity to play one the most recognized stadium anthems during pre-game?–

The move was presumably —so the author has now admitted the basis of this entire piece is “presumed”.  Nice basis for an article on a nationally recognized website.  a way to poke fun at Syndergaard, who wears his hair long, and some fans claimed they heard the song played twice for Syndergaard Tuesday. —they claimed. What fans? How many of them? where’s a direct quote?— It is hard to prove whether the song choice was an intentional dig at Syndergaard, and Royals fans say the team plays the song frequently during games.—Its not that hard to prove at all. His name is Toby Cook and he runs the Kansas City Royals PR office. Reach out to him for a quote. Get information and playlist from the team. Ask them how they go about choosing material. Otherwise  when you write a piece such as this, it simply comes off as laxy clickbait.  But reporters at Tuesday's game found it significant enough to ask Syndergaard after the game how he felt about the first inning's playlist. —one reporter from out of town—

 

Via the Sporting News:

"I thought it was pretty funny how they were playing it when I was warming up for the first inning," Syndergaard told reporters. "They got me on that one, it's fine. Normally I don't hear that kind of thing but I took notice to that.” –who got you, Noah? It’s a song played at a thousand stadiums both amateur and professional throughout the world. Is there not a chance…a chance that this was just a coincidence?

Syndergaard got the last laugh, however. He allowed just three hits over six innings of work and struck out nine in a 2-0 Mets win over Kansas City. –True Story. The kid was dominant and looked every bit the part of being one of the best young arms on the senior circuit.—But Kansas City's gesture is not a good look if a league wants to appeal to female fans, —pretty sure Kauffman stadium ticket sales will not be hurt by this nor will viewership on FSKC and the timing couldn't be worse. The "American Woman" incident —if by chance the Royals truly did this on purpose and “trolled” Noah I will say the choice of song is terrible and horribly un-creative. The Royals make so many smart choices as an organization I would hope they could do better than this if maiking a joke, which again lends me to believe it to be coincidental.— happened on the same day that Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons separately went on an ill-worded rant and ended up mocking women's clothing. After a new sliding rule proved costly for the Blue Jays Tuesday, Gibbons claimed the new rule makes a joke out of the game and had the following suggestion. "Maybe we'll come out and wear dresses tomorrow," Gibbons told reporters. "Maybe that's what everybody's looking for."—now this you could…could make into a legitimate argument  about using women to be derogatory about men. This was Gibbons “you throw like a girl” jab at a rule he disagrees with.

Update: Gibbons refused to apologize for his comments when asked about them before Wednesday's game. Those combination of those two incidences —€” whether intentionally meant to mock an entire gender or not —€” made for a bad day Tuesday for MLB's female fans.”

                And so ends this article. Two completely separate and not remotely related issues got tied together in one nice bow by a writer that did zero investigation. While a national debate on how we speak of women in sports is necessary, this isn’t where to start it. As the father of a daughter becoming involved in sports I understand the need to have this conversation. However, it needs to be done with thought and meaning with legitimate incidents being the conversation piece. A popular stadium anthem playing pregame while an opposing pitcher with long hair warms up is not that piece. It  in fact it lessens the debate and makes it trivial.

 

 

 

 

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