Remembering Mets History (2006) Keith Hernandez Makes An On Air Remark in Mets 8-1 Win

Saturday April 22, 2006: As Willie Randolph's 12-5 Mets were taking on Bruce Bochy's 7-10 Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, Mets analyst Keith Hernandez, made a comment as the camera panned inside the Padres dugout & a woman was seen sitting on the bench. 

After Mike Piazza (who was now a member of the Padres) blasted a 2nd inning HR, Hernandez commented to Gary Cohen "Only Player personnel in the dugout. I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout". 

Gary Cohen responded, "There's only trouble brewing, if you say that". 

To which Keith replied,
he was only joking. "I love you gals out there". 

He later said he stood by his beliefs that baseball is a man's game & it just gets in the way. He said if viewers took his comment about women in the kitchen seriously "they should get a sense of humor".

Of course, some people got upset over the comment & he was reprimanded by SNY. Hernandez apologized the next day & everyone moved on. The woman in question was a massage therapist for the Padres. 

As for the game, In the top of the 2nd, the Mets hit back-to-back HRs off Padre pitcher Chris Young. Xavier Nady & catcher Ramon Castro both connected.

In the top of the 3rd, Carlos Delgado walked & David Wright singled. Then Cliff Floyd was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Xavier Nady grounded into a double play, but Delgado scored for the Mets third run. Ramon Castro then singled scoring the Mets fourth run as he had his second RBI of the day.

In the 7th, with the Mets holding a 4-1 lead, Carlos Delgado led off with a HR off Padre reliever Dewon Brazelton making it 5-1.

Brazelton then walked David Wright who stole second base & advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cliff Floyd's sac fly brought in Wright for the Mets sixth run.

For the Mets, Pedro Martinz had a good afternoon, pitching seven innings allowing one run on two hits. He struck out eleven Padres, while walking just two. The win got him to 4-0 on the young season with a 3.04 ERA.

In the 9th inning, Padre pitcher, Jon Adkins walked Carlos Delgado & hit David Wright with a pitch. After Cliff Floyd grounded into a force, Xavier Nady doubled to right field scoring Delgado making it 7-1. After Castro was retired, Endy Chavez singled bringing in the Mets eighth & final run, in the 8-1 win.

Jorge Julio pitched the final two innings closing it out for the Mets.


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