Posted at 11:11 AM on April 25, 2006
by David Zingler
Former All Star first baseman Keith Hernandez, after a weekend spent apologizing for an unenlightened comment, decided a change in course was necessary and stood his ground, telling the Associated Press, “Look, I’m Keith Hernandez, I won the MVP in ’79 – I can say whatever I want!”
The controversy ignited over the weekend when the Mets broadcaster exclaimed, "I won't say women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout," after seeing Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese giving Mike Piazza a high five in the dugout.
Hernandez backpedaled from the comment at first, but awoke on Tuesday with renewed vigor, “I’ve been on World Series winning teams, compiled over 2,000 big league hits and hooked up with Elaine Benes – I don’t have to answer to you people,” the 52-year-old commented. “If the Bush administration has shown us anything, it is that Americans don’t have to admit to mistakes – especially Americans with as much money as I have.”
Hernandez then entered a gentleman’s club uttering, “I remember when everyone knew their place.”