Padres take offense and rightfully so

The Padres took offense Sunday to comments made by Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez during Saturday night's game about Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese.

"I don't think comments like that are appropriate in this day," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "I didn't even think gender was an issue anymore. Kelly is a part of this club. Ask any player in here. She has a major role. She is offended."

During the Mets telecast Saturday, Hernandez spotted Calabrese in the Padres dugout and said, among other things: "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout."

Hernandez also said: "Who is that girl with the long hair in the dugout? What is going on here? You have to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout."

Calabrese, 32, has been a member of the Padres training staff since 2004. It is believed that she is the first female to be employed full-time in a major league training room. She is a licensed message therapist.

As players began hearing about Hernandez's comments Sunday morning, they went to the Padres video room at Petco Park to see tapes of the Mets television coverage Saturday night.

"It's offensive," right-handed pitcher Chris Young said. "This is 2006. Wake up. Women are fighting on the front lines in Iraq. My wife is studying to be a lawyer. Does this mean women can't be lawyers, too?"

"Kelly is a huge asset to this ballclub," closer Trevor Hoffman said. "She keeps people on the field. She is professional and one of the best at her job. It's disappointing. She has created a position in this game for women. She should be applauded for who she is and what she has done."

Said outfielder Dave Roberts: "I'd hate to think about the games I might have missed if not for Kelly. She's one of our training staff."

Added Geoff Blum: "He doesn't know who she is and what she does. He can't. A lack of information is sometimes dangerous. It showed his ignorance of Kelly's role and value to this ballclub."

"This upset a lot of our players," Bochy said. "And I don't blame them."

Said Calabrese: "I'm a little shocked. But you know, it's what happens. He not only discredited me as a person, he discredited women."


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