Pro Baseball Player Knows His Role Mar 6, 2020 21:21:24 GMT
Post by Heightism Report on Mar 6, 2020 21:21:24 GMT
This is Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves during a Spring Training game. He was chosen as the player who would be "Mic'd Up" during the game and he used the airtime to show everyone that he knows his role of being a punchline. The story is that the broadcast team was having trouble with the audio, and when the audio started working again, Albies stated "Maybe I was too small for it to reach me." Notice the timing of his comment. He makes the comment just as his teammate, Dansby Swanson, is using him for an armrest and giving him a kiss.(Swanson kisses him every day.) Of course, it is part of sports culture for teammates to razz one another, but it's no coincidence that Albies is designated as the guy whose personal space is invaded and is used as a prop for another player to lean on. It's also no coincidence that players like Freddi Freeman who stands at 6'5(and is to the far right of the frame) are never chosen for this type of treatment. Albies knew his teammates were going to somehow impede the interview, and he knows that his role is to be a good little Garmin, which is why he self-deprecated out of nowhere. I'll guarantee you that his height is a constant source of entertainment for the talls on his team and Albies demonstrates in this clip that he knows exactly what his role is.
We discussed Jose Altuve receiving similar treatment in another thread. It's always the short guys who receive this treatment.
Tall guys get to decide when physical contact is "funny" and when it is disrespectful, but short guys never have the luxury to decide either. We've seen an outbreak of short guys being ridiculed in sports world, and it's becoming increasingly evident that incidents like we're discussing with Albies and Altuve that are cast-off as playful are actually the other side of a discriminatory narrative.