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Bret Boone thinks sexual harassment is hilarious


Lots of news about sexual abuse and sexual harassment lately. Heck, just today two prominent media figures lost their jobs over such claims.

At this point, I would not be surprised by a sexual abuse/harassment allegation against any man in public life whatsoever. No exceptions apart from, maybe, Mr. Rogers, and he’s been dead for nearly 15 years. Certainly not any man whose fame, money and power comes, primarily, from simply being a famous version of himself as opposed to having a specific skill set. The validation that being famous merely for who you are brings is, basically, “I am great,” which leads to “I can do no wrong,” which can obliterate any sense of impulse control or propriety. That’s why you’re seeing so much of this among famous Hollywood and media personalities. There will be more. There will be a lot more, including prominent sports media figures I suspect.

Of course, once we get past that initial shock — or schadenfreude — of another man losing his job, it’s probably a good idea to understand that that is merely a footnote to the story. The real significance of the story is not a famous man being “taken down” or however you wish to characterize it. It’s the harm he caused that led to his downfall. The women he drove out of the business either directly due to his acts or his retaliation or indirectly due to the clear message his acts, heretofore unpunished, sent regarding a woman’s place and safety in the industry. For each guy who makes the news with this stuff, there were a five or a dozen or a hundred women he degraded, abused or, at the very least, alienated, and the industry is the worse off for their absence.

Which is to say that sexual harassment and abuse is a serious matter. That, while some people may see fit to make a narrowly focused joke at the fate of a disgraced abuser, it is never OK to make light of abuse or harassment itself.

If you do feel compelled to make such “jokes,” however, maybe don’t do so in an unsolicited message to a reporter, like former Mariners second baseman Bret Boone did this afternoon in a message to Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Cohen will have to deal with not being able to play golf in Boone’s foursome . . . somehow.

Giants fans will have to pay a surcharge to park at Athletics games

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Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.

This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.

Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.