UPDATE: Turns out it was Roger McDowell, former New York Mets closer and second spitter on the grassy knoll. He issued a written apology for the instance in question. McDowell is currently a pitching coach with the Atlanta Braves, and while he’s not a manager and that makes this less fun, it’s still not cool to make gay slurs. And thus we end another very special With Leather moment of tolerance.
At 4 PM Eastern and 1 PM Left Coast, famed attention-seeker with a law degree Gloria Allred will hold a press conference to out a Major League Baseball manager as a meanie pants. In what can only be described as shocking and wholly unexpected news, Allred claims that a manager referred to a trio of male fans as pejorative terms for homosexuals. That’s right – the other F-word. To make matters worse, one of the men had his twin daughters with him and this unnamed manager told them that the ballpark was no place for kids. Finally, someone says what I’m thinking. Not that F-word part, though.
According to TMZ:
One of the fans, who brought his 9-year-old twin girls to the game, protested to the coach … and according to Allred, the coach responded by saying, “Kids don’t f**king belong at the baseball park.” She also claims the coach then approached the father “with threatening words and a baseball bat.”
Allred will hold a news conference with the father and his twins at her L.A. office on Wednesday at 1 PM PDT.
TMZ will also be live-streaming the news conference for anyone who cares and you don’t care so just keep watching Boy Meets World on Hulu. But this will be talked about plenty in the coming weeks and it could possibly even mean the manager’s job should the heat become serious enough that MLB and team executives would have to act. In that case, the New York Mets have their fingers crossed.
In all seriousness, let’s start the odds machine and the guessing game. Even money says it’s Ozzie Guillen, who is undoubtedly the first manager we all thought of because he’s already been busted for calling someone a f*g. I could see Buck Showalter or Dusty Baker being cranky enough to fire back at some fans, and maybe even Tony LaRussa if they woke him up. Joe Maddon is way too hip to hate on the gays and he probably would have ordered them a round of cosmos and gone shopping for fingerless batting gloves after the game. It can’t be Terry Francona because people in Boston use f*g as a cordial greeting. It couldn’t have been Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez because these were people attending a baseball game. Man, your guess is as good as mine.