Keith Hernandez has a history of saying controversial statements on the air during Mets games on SNY. In 2006, he made headlines and was reprimanded by SNY when he said the following statements when he noticed there was a woman in the Padres dugout:
“Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair?” Hernandez said. “What’s going on here? You have got to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout. I won’t say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout.”
People haven’t forgotten that Hernandez said that, and just the other day he made another controversial comment. During the Mets/Cubs game at Wrigley Field, Hernandez was explaining how the weather impacts baseball players. He went onto compare how players dressed for colder weather during his career as opposed to today, arguing that players shouldn’t wear anything more than just a turtleneck to keep their upper body warm. He said that he has seen players who wear hoods during games, and he said that they shouldn’t wear a hood because baseball is a “manly sport”.
People didn’t make a big deal about what he said this time, and that is probably because he didn’t direct it towards anybody in specific. However, you would think he would know to be careful when he is discussing anything that has to do with gender or masculinity after he landed in some hot water the first time when he said that women do not belong in the dugout.