Posted Under: Johanna's View
I can’t spend too much time on this yet- but I am fascinated by the Roger McDowell incident. He isn’t a spoiled kid playing baseball. At this point, he must know this is a business.
According to one family in San Francisco, McDowell engaged in banter with three fans at AT&T park, where he used some very vulgar language and expressed some anti-gay sentiment. Those fans haven’t come forward, yet, but a family who was standing nearby, who heard the entire exchange got involved. The father of the family, asks McDowell to watch his language because of the children, including his own 9 year old daughters, and McDowell tells him that “children don’t belong at a f……. baseball park”.
McDowell also allegedly threatens the father with a baseball bat.
What on earth could he have been thinking?
McDowell has apologized for engaging with the fans in the stands and responding to a heckler. He has not said he apologizes for how he responded. If this is become further documented, say by those three fans he originally started bantering with, McDowell will be out of baseball- no matter what he says. All there is to it.
Just telling fans tht kids don’t belong at the ballpark is enough to get one out of baseball for a while. Using profane language, and anti-gay sentiment at the same time, makes even the best pitching coach untouchable by a team. Perhaps he leaves to go through some “sensitivity training,” though that won’t be enough to save McDowell’s reputation.