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Here’s something for all you who don du-rags.

On Tuesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks faced off against the New York Mets.

During the home game broadcast, Diamondbacks announcer Bob Brenly remarked upon something seated atop New York pitcher Marcus Stroman’s head.

Marcus — whose father is black and mother is Puerto Rican — was wearing a white bandana beneath his cap.

Bob’s commentary brushed against it:

“I’m pretty sure that’s the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.”

A fellow broadcaster added, “[He’s] got the 41 patch on his sleeve right there.”

mannn… why? comes out of nowhere and gets smartly totally ignored by his partner. pic.twitter.com/q810Azt1WK

— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) June 2, 2021

For those unaware, #41, “Tom Terrific,” was a 20-season MLB pro who played for the Mets 1967-77 and also 1983.

Tom’s number was indeed on the pitcher’s sleeve, and now some people think they’ve got Bob’s number — that of a racist.

Marcus himself would be one of those; he tweeted as follows:

“Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!”

Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all! 🗣

— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) June 2, 2021

The next day, Bob apologized.

What’s more, in light of discussion with the Diamondbacks, he vowed to undergo racial sensitivity training.

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong. I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so that I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

Statement from Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly: pic.twitter.com/oEdGQ2gVCQ

— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) June 2, 2021

On Thursday, The Athletic covered Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s claim that Bob was previously hypercritical of folks from the south:

Ramírez said he and other Cubs players from Latin America felt Brenly was harsh with them

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