Michele Tafoya is no stranger to controversy, or made of whole fabric and not even really involved with her, or overlooked when she was too cozy in her side job with some of the NFL’s worst people, or all out of her own hands by going on cable news and advocating for policy of white supremacy†
The latter would probably make Saturday night much less surprising, but no less stupid.
Tafoya took the time, with her own fingers, on an iPad, to tweet perhaps the dumbest televised sporting event complaint in the history of televised sporting event complaints.
Shohei Ohtani became the third Japanese player to reach 100 career home runs in Major League Baseball on Saturday, during the Angels’ 9-1 victory over the A’s. And he hit the ball for number 100.
If you the . want technical specifications on “knock the shit out of the ball,” it’s 110.1 mph at a 22-degree launch angle, for a 418-foot homer. That is the third hardest ball Ohtani has hit this season, with just a ground-rule double from Jose Urquidy and a line drive that Xander Bogaerts faltered at Fenway Park.
Ohtani is the reigning MVP of the American League, and it was actually during that series in Boston that he started coming up after a slow start. In the last nine games, Ohtani hit .297 (11-for-37) with three of his seven homeruns – a year after beating 46 dingers.
If the Angels’ broadcast wasn’t about Ohtani it might have been understandable as it was a 9-1 match, but on the night he hit a historic milestone it’s also pretty clear why, especially during a blowout, announcers would keep talking about a unique talent who is the most magnetic figure in baseball. Ohtani connects with American fans without speaking more than a few words of English in public, and it would be the kind of malpractice we usually associate with baseball broadcasts not to talk about him.
Unless, of course, there’s a reason why you don’t want to hear about Ohtani… and if you’re friends with Tucker Carlson and co-chair of a Republican gubernatorial campaign in Minnesota, it’s not that hard to guess what the reason is, right now. , is the?
And why would she tag Ohtani in her tweet? So he could see she’s a xenophobic piece of shit? Shohei Ohtani doesn’t need to know who the American football washed up sideline reporter is, much less what she tweets.
That’s why he’s not even on Twitter. Tafoya tagged a Johannes Vermeer fan from Japan who last tweeted in 2014 who, through Google Translate, appears to be mostly confused about using a computer. Like, literally, it’s a lot of technical support questions. But at least that person won’t wake up to thousands of reports because some dope lady in the United States can’t handle the fact that someone who isn’t white, from another country, is good at baseball.