November 2, 2017 at 10:20 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Keith Hernandez apologizes for joke taken as homophobic at World Series

(Screenshot via Twitter.)

Keith Hernandez stunned some viewers when he made what sounded like a homophobic joke on FOX’s World Series pre-game show on Wednesday night.

“I know you want the Dodgers to win this series,” David Ortiz begins to tease Hernandez as they analyze the upcoming game.

How ’bout if [Yasiel] Puig shows up right now and be like, ‘Hey Keith, let me give you one of this,’” Ortiz says and begins to mimic Dodgers’ right-fielder Puig’s bat-licking.

Hernandez laughs before saying, “I’m not from San Francisco, bro.”

The comment was taken to be an insensitive jab to the LGBT community in San Francisco. However, Hernandez released a statement to the New York Daily News to clarify that he said: “I’m from San Francisco.”

“I made a poor attempt at humor and never intended for it to be taken the wrong way,” Hernandez says. “I am from San Francisco and as baseball fans know, the Dodgers/Giants rivalry runs deep. I did not grow up a Dodger fan and when it came down to Giants vs. Dodgers, I rooted for the Giants. I apologize if any offense was taken.”

  • Ortiz was joking about licking things (like puig) the last two days and it did have gay tones but Ortiz didn’t mean it that way. Hernandez was quick to respond verbally and his body language proved it. frank Thomas didn’t laugh and that’s when Hernandez knew he screwed up on NATIONAL TV…IDIOT!

    • David Ortiz monopolized the show for weeks & turned it into the Big Papi show! The other guys tried to do analysis and ended up responding and reacting to Big Papi’s ridiculous antics. Keith’s comment was insensitive to say the least but let’s put things in context.

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