As most know, even though my entire family is from here in Kentucky, I grew up in Suburban Cincinnati - and in the 1970s especially, the Cincinnati Reds were everything.
The Reds announcers, Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brennaman, were household names, right along with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr., Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, and Sparky Anderson.
He retired in 2019, and his son, Thom Brennaman, replaced him.
Thom was suspended, as the Reds announcer, last night, during the fifth inning, after he blurted an egregious homophobic slur about an entire city (presumably Kansas city), not realizing he was still on a hot mic.
Then, the Reds Twitter page tweeted this ...
And one of their starting pitchers, Amir Garrett, who tweeted this ...
Now, most publications aren't telling you what he actually said.
I will - as will a local Cincinnati magazine called "City Beat."
What he said was "one of the great fag capitals of the world."
It was unclear which city he was referring to, but we know for certain it's not his home, Cincinnati, and thus, can only assume he was referring to the opposing team's home city of Kansas City.
Thus, he simultaneously insulted not only was the LGBTQ community, but the entire city of Kansas City.
(I'm ... pretty sure that saying that Kansas City is one of the LGBTQ capitals of the world could be vehemently argued against.)
People don't realize this, but Cincinnati - especially its suburbs including Northern Kentucky - is just as conservative as the south, it's still in the bible belt.
There's a whole lot of over-privileged, straight, self-proposed "Christian" white people, who have no clue of what it's like to struggle, or what it's like to live as someone who is not at least one of those things, in their affluent communities. (Trust me, though not affluent, I grew up in one).
In fact, in some ways, it's worse than Kentucky, because at least Kentucky doesn't judge you as harshly for not having money/being poor.
Regardless, Buh-Bye, Thom ...
ALL opposing teams, as well as fans, of both the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals, should feel welcome in Cincinnati and at Reds' games. American Baseball itself should be welcoming everyone.
Thus, I hope they fire your over-privileged, arrogant, ignorant, hateful, dumb ass.
Don't let the Reds door hit you in the ass on the way out!