USAToday – Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famer and broadcaster Mike Schmidt apologized Monday, a day after a discussion about a pitcher’s injury veered into sexist commentary. Schmidt was talking about Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy’s separated shoulder and mentioned a tweet from McCarthy’s wife, Amanda, that joked her husband “still can’t do the dishes” after the injury. At that point, Schmidt told the NBC Sports Philadelphia audience, “I have a dishwasher at home myself: My wife. That was bad. Actually, I do the dishes, most of the time.” Schmidt didn’t stop with his dishwasher comment Sunday: “Me Too movement,” Schmidt said. “Where does that fit in?” Schmidt was backpedaling Monday. “During yesterday’s broadcast, I made a mistake while attempting to be humorous,” Schmidt said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports provided by NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It was not my intention to offend anyone. My daughter passionately marches in support of the Me Too movement in Boston, and I support her in every way. I offer my sincerest apologies.”
MICHAEL JACK. I bet she doesn’t need a watch because there’s a clock above the stove, too, amiright? Right?
Yeah, ya just can’t go around calling your wife the dishwasher during live baseball broadcasts. Ya just can’t. Mike Schmidt responded to an old, antiquated notion quipped about by Brandon McCarthy’s wife with an even worse old, antiquated notion. The premise is the same: Women do the dishes. Cute. Maybe back in the ol’ days when you can blatantly advertise about spanking the wife if the husband finds out the coffee is flat – Seriously – but not in 2018. No matter what you think, it’s just the way it is, and Mike Schmidt needs to know better.
It didn’t help Schmitty’s cause that he instantly knew he said something wrong and kept bringing it up. Schmidt was supposed to dig up, stupid, and instead dug himself a deeper grave by bringing the #MeToo movement in for absolutely no reason at all. Making a casual old man remark is one thing, but bringing up an entire stance against sexual harassment and assault was certainly not a veteran move. Anyone with a brain gets what he was trying to say, but it still doesn’t help. Ya just can’t do it.
It’s a damn shame 548 home runs and being known as the greatest Phillies baseball player to ever put on the uniform is even somewhat tarnished by a minutes worth of stupid remarks, but again, it’s just the way it is. Here’s simpler times when HK and Whitey called Michael Jack Schmidt’s 500th career shot. Long live Harry.