Cardinals’ promotion turned into a social media gaffe


The Cardinals scheduled a promotion for May 17, when the club takes on the Red Sox, giving away a replica 1967 World Series ring. The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games back in 1967 to win the championship. So far, so good.

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, the Cardinals’ Twitter account made a gaffe attempting to promote the giveaway. The account tweeted, “You love baseball, she loves jewelry. On May 17th, it’s a win-win.” It attached a video that showed a woman gawking at the ring.

The response wasn’t quite what the Cardinals were expecting. Many responded angrily to the tweet because of its sexist nature. The Cardinals deleted the tweet along with the short video, as Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains. The club also issued a statement:

Earlier today, we posted a spot on social media to promote our upcoming 1967 Championship Ring giveaway. We received some feedback that it may have either offended some people or created confusion as to whether it was for women only, so we promptly removed it. Our ring giveaways have always been popular with both men and women, and we want to be clear that we will be distributing 30,000 rings to all fans, age 16 or older, before our game on Wednesday, May 17th.

Gender-based division is on its way out, so hopefully baseball teams get on that train sooner rather than later. There’s no need for it and as the Cardinals found out, a thoughtless slip-up can result in a tidal wave of backlash — which, by the way, was completely warranted.

Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

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Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.

Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.

Video: Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop turn a sweet 5-4-3 double play

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.

Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.

The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.