Rob Dibble's comments about women at baseball games lit up the Internet earlier this week, with many up in arms over his dismissal of two women chatting a baseball game with the line "There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something." Dibble decided Sunday was a good time to respond to criticism with a not-quite-an-apology apology.
The other night I made an off-handed comment, the meaning of which may have been misconstrued beyond what was said. If any fan of this great game took offense, then he or she should know that this was neither my intention nor my history in the game.
The lack of the word sorry in Dibble's attempt to say "I'm sorry" will probably rankle some. So will part of his explanation of his perspective.
I have had the privilege of knowing a great many fans of all backgrounds who are students of the game. Many of baseball's most insightful fans, television viewers, and callers to my radio show are women.
His other points—about baseball being a pastime that transcends demographics and socioeconomics—might be salient. But reconciling that with his clumsiness in referring to female fans and his flimsy "I know women!" defense is going to be a hard sell for Dibble.
Update: Dibble also apologized on air on Sunday: "To anybody that does not know me that was offended, or took offense with what I said in my weak attempt to be humorous during a down time during the game, I truly apologize."