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Keith Hernandez mocked Alex Torres for wearing the padded cap

Jun 27, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

Keith Hernandez

I hadn’t seen this until Baseball Think Factory linked Phil Mushnick’s column at the New York Post. And I gotta say, if you ever find yourself agreeing with Phil Mushnick about something, man, there is something weird going on in the cosmos. But agree I do, as Mushnick was taking Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez to task over his comments about Padres pitcher Alex Torres last Sunday.

As Mushnick describes, SNY put up a photo of Torres from the night before, wearing his protective cap. Hernandez mocked Torres for looking “absurd, and said “If you’re scared, get a dog.” As if a person wanting to protect themselves from a real threat is somehow a coward.

Maybe the cap isn’t the best looking thing in the world yet. But perhaps Hernandez could just note that without spewing macho crap that could, depending on who’s hearing it, make it less likely that players will take reasonable steps to protect themselves and adopt new safety devices as they come online.

  1. mazblast - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Hernandez should like the new cap. More solid color from which to sniff the white stuff.

  2. garlicfriesandbaseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Reblogged this on Garlicfriesandbaseball's Blog and commented:
    Ronni’s Comment: Hernandez made this comment regarding the cap “If you’re scared, get a dog.” The same logic could be applied to any player who feels the need to wear a protective cup ~ probably because they feel they have something worth protecting. It’s called common sense and scared has nothing to do with it. Get your smarts in order old-timer. Balls aren’t always round leather with little red stitches around them.

  3. beanocook - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That’s NFL talk

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