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Great Moments in Labor Relations: Keith Hernandez crosses picket line; gets taunted

Sep 1, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

Keith Hernandez

In the places I grew up the unions were strong but the strikes, when they happened, were somewhat out of sight of our day-to-day lives. I mean, regular folks don’t have to worry about crossing a picket line at a Chevy truck plant or a coal mine when they’re just trying to go about their day. Upshot: I was never quite sure of the politics of picket lines.

I know you shouldn’t cross them if you’re sympathetic to the cause.  But is that in all instances? Like, if they’re picketing at the grocery store is it enough to give them the thumbs up and shop anyway?  If not, do you go to the next nearest store? What if it’s a non-union shop?  There’s probably somewhere I can read about the etiquette on all of this, but I just don’t know how it works in practice.

And maybe Keith Hernandez doesn’t either. According to Ben Maller at Yahoo!’s The Postgame, it seems that Mex ate at a New York restaurant where the workers were on strike.  When he left, picketers gave him an earful. The best nugget: “Mark Teixeira is a better fielder.”  It’s funnier because it’s not true.

Anyway, Hernandez didn’t much care for it.  I hope he didn’t undermine the union cause.

  1. anotheryx - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    All the verizon store was on strike a couple weeks ago. Didn’t care much for it. If you can’t work out something without purposely hurt the people who you suppose to server (and pay you), I have no sympathy for you. If you don’t want me come when you are throwing a fit, I’m not coming back when you are happy and getting paid either.

    • chap6869 - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      Yeah, your right….the Verizon workers should have been happy as clams that the company they work for( a company worth an estimated 190 billion dollars) are shipping their jobs overseas and cutting there pensions, jobs, salaries and benefits all so the billionaire stock holders can make billions more at the American workers expense! Jesus, get a clue!!!!!! And we wonder what’s wrong with America today.

      • paperlions - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:28 PM

        People really wonder? How in the world can you possibly not know the root of the problem?

      • karlton2 - Sep 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        And yet those American workers expect those same “Billionaires” to create more and more jobs for them, all while making it increasingly difficult to do so through taxes and governmental/administrative processes. Oh, and those American workers would like to be paid like skilled workers when all they do is sell cell phones.

        The days of the high paying, low skilled job is over. The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can work towards actual job creation, rather than having workers feel entitled to a high paying job (despite no discernible skills) simply because daddy had one.

    • clydeserra - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      that’s kinda the point

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Didnt Keith strike with the players in 1981? I wonder if he would bitched about scabs if they would have been used? Although playing baseball for hundreds of thousands of dollars is quite different than working 40+ hours a week in a job no one really thinks about unless they are hungry.

    • 5thbase - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      The analogy would be whether or not he would have heckled the fans coming and seeing replacement players playing the game. He didn’t go to the restaurant to work, he went there to eat. Giving someone a hard time for working for a business you’re trying to shut down is a little more understandable than being rude to customers of that business.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM


  3. littledill - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Who does this guy think he is?

    …I’m Keith Hernandez

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    That is one magic loogie!

  5. tuftsb - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    He has a history of having problems with lines.

  6. serbingood - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    The Just For Beards chemicals probably affected his judgement. Let’s give him a pass on this one. He’s probably a member of the GOP and the thought of crossing a picket line would have never entered his mind in the first place.

  7. goldensombrero3000 - Sep 1, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Kieth Henandez did not need to wear eye black because he used his moustache to cut down the glare.

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