Friday, June 4, 2010

Erin Burnett Deserves a Medal for not Punching Mark Haines for his Sexist Comment (And no I am not being Sensitive)

I am no fan of Erin Burnett but Mark Haines is lucky she did not say on air what her face implied. "Go eff yourself." She was clearly holding back.

For those living under a rock, Armando Galarraga was pitching a no hitter (= perfect game) when the umpire called the runner safe thus robbing Galarraga of a perfect game. The umpire was WRONG. Because of the angle, that's what he saw and his call stands even though from another angle in the instant reply, the runner was clearly out.  What did Galarraga do?  Throw a temper tantrum, no he accepted the call graciously and like a good sport.

The umpire later apologized for making a bonehead move and was clearly upset that he robbed Galarraga of being the 21st pitcher to pitch a perfect game. (For those of who don't follow baseball, pitching nine innings and with no one getting on base is RARE.)

So while watching the video, Mark Haines, the CNBC correspondent says to Erin Burnett, "See why this is women aren't in charge of sports, " in response to Burnett's comments that the umpire was so gracious in apologizing to Armando Galarraga for getting the call completely wrong and thus blowing Galarraga's going down in the history books as the 21st pitcher to pitch a perfect game.

Haines is an idiot and a sexist and worse yet his tone was on patronizing. Every since this happened, every story has been about how gracious the umpire has been and that for the first time in a long time, a professional athlete has acted like a good sport instead of a highly paid entertainer and actually providing a role model for our kids.

Because remember, isn't that what we teach our kids when we want them to play a sport, "It's not about winning or losing, it's about the game, teamwork, etc."

Mark Haines should remember that and next time, he makes a sexist comment and Erin Burnett should risk getting fined and tell the jerk off.


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