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Do you accept Rob Dibble's apology?

August 16, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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There won't be much disagreement about this much: MASN commentator Rob Dibble's on-air comments about women and baseball were really, really dumb. If you didn't hear his commentary on what women discuss at baseball games, put down your shopping bags and catch up at DC Sports Bog.

Then read any of the dozens of blogs that hammered him for the comments, including Nationals Fangirls, DCist and We Love DC.

Eventually, word got back to Dibble that a lot of upset women were yap-yap-yapping about him, so he explained himself in a blog post. He also made an on-air apology Sunday (transcribed by @kevin_reiss).

So we want to know: Do you accept Dibble's apology? Do you consider the comments an awful but forgivable thud of a joke or a window into his misogyny?

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  1. Tom Bridge Tom Bridge

    Tom Bridge

    Aug 16, 2010 - 11:28:56 AM

    I had a lengthy conversation with another writer over email yesterday, and a lot of it focused around whether we'd be talking about this if it had been someone that people generally liked who had said this. I think he has a point that we're beating on Dibble not just because of this but because of who he is, and there's something to be said for that. But, broadcasters are our front line experience people when it comes to sports. I grew up with Lon Simmons and Bill King on the radio, and they taught me to love the game. Their iconic voices and commentary are my mental soundtrack when Zimmerman hits it deep over the wall. I can hear Lon saying "back, baaack, Baaack, You can TELL it goodbye!" as the ball goes over the fence, or Bill King saying, "There's a HIGH DRIVE! HIT WAY BACK! DEEP CENTER FIELD! THAT ONE IS GONE!" These are the people that we bond with, that we exult with, that we sulk with, and I don't think it's too much to ask that they be likable people for everyone. The Nationals have a first rate radio crew in Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, they're a real pleasure to listen to and I hear, as the fireworks go off at Nats Park, Charlie saying "Bang Zoom go the fireworks, another curly W in the books". But we haven't yet seen that from the television crew. I won't admit to liking "homerism" as Dibble expresses it, but I will admit there's room for a little "homer" in the broadcast booth. I find his boorish attitude to be offputting, and I find myself with the game on mute before the third inning starts. The sexism on Wednesday night was just a symptom of a bad broadcaster, not the problem in itself.

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  2. Lisa Rowan Lisa Rowan

    Lisa Rowan

    Aug 16, 2010 - 11:17:08 AM

    If I paid to go to the game, I get to do whatever the heck I want. I get to ask endless questions about stats. I get to complain incessantly about the t-shirt bazooka never shoots out hot dogs. I get to tweet during the Pledge of Allegiance! (Okay, maybe I shouldn't do that.) And as long as I'm not causing major issues for the fans around me, I'm just another paying customer. I'll go shopping with you, Dibble, but I don't want to sit next to you at a baseball game.

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  3. Katie Jones Katie Jones

    Katie Jones

    Aug 16, 2010 - 10:12:34 AM

    "Put down your shopping bags"?, "yap-yap-yapping"? Maybe YOU need to apologize! Just joking, really. It is very annoying when anyone isn't paying attention to what is going on whether it is at a movie or a game so a lot of fans will relate to his comments, men or women. They were stupid, possibly offensive comments, but I found them more amusing than anything.

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