What says “America’s Game” more than firing someone over a doctrinaire allegiance to political correctness?
And for as much as I hate baseball, I had to pay attention por un momento as now former Fox sports announcer Steve Lyons went mano a mano against the PC Police. And lost.
DETROIT — Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella’s Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
“Steve Lyons has been relieved of his Fox Sports duties for making comments on air that the company found inappropriate,” network spokesman Dan Bell said.
In the second inning of Friday’s game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A’s infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro’s production to finding a “wallet on Friday” and hoping it happened again the next week.
Later, Piniella said the A’s needed Thomas to get “en fuego” — hot in Spanish — because he was currently “frio” — or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up.
Lyons said that Piniella was “hablaing Espanol” — butchering the conjugation for the word “to speak” — and added, “I still can’t find my wallet.”
“I don’t understand him, and I don’t want to sit too close to him now,” Lyons continued.
Fox executives told Lyons after the game he had been fired.
Fired at the end of the game. Do not jump the border of “Go”. Do not collect 200 pesos.
Reportedly, all of the announcers laughed at the end of Lyons’ misconjugated Spanglish. He didn’t call anyone a slur. He did not disparage someone’s race.
Much like ESPN’s Rush Limbaugh fiasco, the network suits lead us to believe that they must protect their wallflower ex-jocks and coaches from such egregious insensitivities who are presumably not men enough to take umbrage with themselves.
But I guess it’s wrong to expect so much from a game with so much invested in protecting their hung-like-a-gnat, record shattering steroidophiles with penchants for fancy sock hosiery. Maybe if Lyons had only been shooting up play-by-play enchancing anabolics into his thigh between innings he’d still have a trabajo.