Friday follies: Dan Bernstein is a boob man. Dan Bernstein is a boob, man. How about both? If nothing else, the co-host of WSCR’s “Boers and Bernstein” afternoon show is a self-proclaimed idiot. He told listeners as much Thursday. He did so because of sexist tweets about Comcast SportsNet’s Aiyana Cristal. For a smart guy who often has expressed support for women and their causes, he did a dumb thing. And as this is being typed, WSCR management has taken no action and offered no response regarding his behavior. Not being a radio executive, I’m not certain what repercussions there should be. Sitting idly by should not be an option, however.
* Speaking of the WSCR situation, morning show co-host Matt Spiegel apologized on his program for his role in the Cristal saga. He tweeted initially about her professional performance, not her appearance. Bernstein took it to a place it never should have gone. Sometimes (make that oftentimes) the “best” tweets or Facebook posts or other forms of expression are the ones that we keep to ourselves. As The Wife has told your humble correspondent on numerous occasions: “You need to self-edit.” What I tell her is that is the self-edited version. On the bright side, I do tend to run any really stupid tweets or Facebook posts past her before I send them. I’ve lost track of how many I end up not sending.
* And for the record, I consider Bernstein a friend.
* Second baseman Javier Baez went 2-for-5 in the Cubs’ 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. By doing so, he improved his batting average to .159 and his on-base percentage to .213. Even better, first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 to improve his numbers to .158 and .220. If that doesn’t get a Cubs fan excited for the 2015 season …
* Speaking of Cubs hitting, third Mike Olt homered and tripled against the Angels. He is batting .278 with a .395 on-base percentage. And he didn’t strike out in the game. So his prospects for being on the big-league roster (and possibly on the field for the season opener) improved.
* Speaking of prospects, Kris Bryant played left field for the first time and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Feel free to draw any conclusions.
* Speaking of drawing conclusions, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 3-for-3 in a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is batting .488 (21-for-43) in the Cactus League. Pretty sure it’s safe to say he will be ready for the start of the regular season.
* Speaking of eyeing the future, Alexei Ramirez drew his first walk in 43 plate appearances. And he did it against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who walked 31 batters in 2014.
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