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Dibble apologizes for comments about female fans

Aug 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

Last week, former pitcher and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Rob Dibble caused a little stir when he made some degrading comments on the air about a couple of female fans, wondering why they wouldn’t stop talking, how they must be embarrassing their husbands, and theorizing that “there must be a sale tomorrow.”

Now he would like to apologize:

The other night I made an off-handed comment, the meaning of which may have been misconstrued beyond what was said. If any fan of this great game took offense, then he or she should know that this was neither my intention nor my history in the game.

I have had the privilege of knowing a great many fans of all backgrounds who are students of the game. Many of baseball’s most insightful fans, television viewers, and callers to my radio show are women.

OK so maybe that’s not technically an apology, more of an explanation/defense. To Dibble’s credit, he did come back with a “humble and sincere apology” on Sunday. Much better.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take Mr. Dibble shopping. Maybe we can talk some baseball.

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  1. MVD - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    How come no one can be honest anymore?
    Have you ever listened to people talk at a game?
    They usually ARE talking about something stupid. If they were interested in the game, they’d STFU and pay attention to it.

  2. King Ding-A-Ling - Aug 16, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Why should he apologize? There is a 99.9% chance that conversation had NOTHING to do with baseball.
    See? This is what happens when you let these broads out of the kitchen.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    I agree. And worse, once they know you’re willing to apologize to them, you’re dog meat. I’m going to have to send Rob a collection of Nietzsche’s aphorisms about women. Strengthen his spine a little. And from the sound of his politically correct snivelling, maybe something else. Whereas it’s true that Nietzsche wrote these insightful comments he was in the throes of syphilitic paresis and didn’t know it, they still have a ring of ineluctable truth to them. Here’s a sample: “When thou goest in to woman,” Rob, “forget not thy whip.”

  4. kyle s - Aug 16, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    forced apology season is really heating up.

  5. Xpensive Wino - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    While he doesn’t necessarily need to apologize, he should be called out for simply saying something stupid and unnecessary. Did it enhance the broadcast? As a former player and color analyst, isn’t he being paid to bring unique insight to the game that he has because he was involved in it? If that’s all he had left to say at that moment, then they need someone new. Any one with half a brain would have ignored it or made a flippant comment about how they must be talking about what ails the Nationals and the moves they need to make in order to make the team better….
    My guess is they were talking about how lame Dibble is as an announcer, how annoying his voice is and they were thinking of people to replace him.
    He must have been watching another in the series of Keith Hernandez “How-Not-To” videos. But, at least he was awake…….

  6. King Ding-A-Ling - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    With all the knucklehead broadcasters out there… No way in hell we can call out everybody that doesn’t “enhance the broadcast” with every comment.
    90% of these guys are crap.

  7. RichardInBigD - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    The broadcast can be enhanced, and SHOULD be enhanced, by comments peppered throughout that have little, if anything to do with the game going on, or even baseball itself. It’s 3+ hours of air time, for cryin’ out loud! I personally think that just about ANY of these guys in the booth can do play by play or color, it’s the OTHER stuff they talk about that differentiates one from another…

  8. Calir - Aug 16, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Dibble is so behind the times. Those “fans” were “tweeting” or updating their facebook status’s.

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