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Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly apologized Wednesday for commenting on Tuesday’s broadcast about Mets mug Marcus Stroman’s headgear.
“During last night’s game, I made a bad attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong,” said Brenly, a former Diamondbacks manager, in a statement released by the team. “I apologize to Marcus Stroman and got in touch directly to share these thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-Backs and we agree that sensitivity training is an important step so that I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to improve in the future. “
In the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game in Arizona, when the camera showed a close-up of Stroman on the hill, Brenly said, “It’s pretty much the same Durag that Tom Seaver wore when he appeared for the Mets.”
Brenly, 67, did not respond to the comment for the rest of the game, and the Diamondbacks did not televise the game on Wednesday, a 7-6 Mets win that was broadcast exclusively on YouTube. Stroman wasn’t asked for the comment at his post-game Zoom press conference, but he has tweeted or re-tweeted about it dozens of times since then.
“Forward and upward … through all adversity and racial undertones. The ascent continues through everyone! ”Stroman wrote in a post. In another, over an illustration of himself in a durag, Stroman wrote: “Those who talk you down are already below you.”
Stroman also tweeted a photo of himself in a Durag tagged with his personal brand, HDMH, and wrote, “Du-rags are coming soon.” At 5 feet 7 inches, Stroman is the shortest pitcher in the Major Leagues and the name of his clothing company stands for “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart”.
Mets manager Luis Rojas called Brenly’s comments inappropriate and said that if Brenly tried to make a joke, Rojas would not understand. Rojas said he spoke to Stroman, whose father is Black and whose mother is from Puerto Rico, about his cultural experiences.
“Some of the things that happen in society really affect a guy like Marcus, and they affect other people,” said Rojas. “I can understand that he’s upset about what happened last night.”
Rojas added: “He will always speak his mind. He was always authentic and every conversation you have with him is real. “
Brenly played in the majors from 1981 to 1989, mostly with the San Francisco Giants, and won the World Series with Arizona in 2001, his first of three and a half seasons as manager of the Diamondbacks. He has also named games for Fox Sports and the Chicago Cubs.
Brenly’s comment on Stroman wasn’t his first awkward attempt at making a gamer’s fashion choices too humorous. In 2019, when referring to a necklace worn by Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Diego, Dominican Republic, Brenly said, “It might be easier to run the bases if he didn’t have that bike chain around his neck.”