People Are Pissed Over Newspaper's Boating Pun After José Fernández's Death
Look, we all make mistakes, which is why I really, really want to believe the following headline was printed in error — a horrific, insensitive and unacceptable error — but an error nonetheless.
Apparently, the above headline is from an actual article printed in the most recent edition of local New York newspaper, Newsday.
The article, which is a recap of the New York Mets' 12-1 win over the Miami Marlins Tuesday night, contains a headline with what appears to be a boating pun.
For those of you (aka Newsday editors) who have been living under a rock this week, José Fernández, the Miami Marlins' 24-year-old ace pitcher, died early Sunday morning in a tragic boating accident.
Yeah, this is beyond bad.
Following the terrible news of Fernández's death, the Miami Marlins canceled their game Sunday. The team opened up a three-game series with the New York Mets Monday night, and, from the pregame ceremony to the final out, the evening was beyond emotional.
The entire New York Mets broadcast staff was in tears following the incredibly moving tribute to José Fernández.
Before Monday night's game, the Mets came out and hugged every member of the Marlins before the first pitch was thrown.
The Mets also signed a custom José Fernández jersey they hung in their dugout and gifted it to the Marlins as a show of respect.
So, despite the incredibly difficult circumstances of playing in Miami in the immediate aftermath of Fernández's death, the Mets probably handled themselves as best as any team could.
However, that simply doesn't appear to be the case with at least one New York newspaper. Again, I refuse to believe this Newsday headline was printed with any malice or ill intent, but that doesn't excuse the catastrophic error.
I think an apology is most definitely in order.