Get ready for a lot of ignorant, moronic, hate speech. I mean the internet has done wonders for allowing us to quickly and easily see how stupid people really are. Huffington Sports details the insanity.
Sadly, this is likely only the beginning for Mendoza. Bigots just seem to love to step up their game when their ignorance gets shouted down.
Female sports analysts have long faced discrimination on the job. Suzyn Waldman, now a color commentator for the Yankees, became the first woman in history to broadcast a World Series game back in 2009. When she started working as a sportscaster in the late 1980s, Waldman was stunned by the treatment she endured.
“I’ve never had people hate me because I was a woman. It was a real shock to me,” Waldman told AdWeek in 2012. “I’d get used condoms in the mail and death threats. Horrible things happened in those first few years.”
Mendoza told Buzzfeed that she was recently approached by Waldman at a Yankees game. The veteran sportscaster reportedly gave Mendoza her phone number “with the instruction to call any time she needed help.”
“So many women together, and honestly, so many guys have reached out to me,” Mendoza told the news outlet. “It just gives me the continued confidence that we all love this game and we’re all doing this together.”
I had most of the game on mute, a habit I have picked up over the years for most of ESPN televised productions, but what little I did listen to she seemed to do a really good job. I mean really if you want to hate for hate’s sake, look toward the moron she replaced. But yea. Let’s get mad about a qualified person doing a good job just because she has boobs. Logic.