The Arizona Diamondbacks television announcers had great fun at the expense of a group of sorority sisters taking selfies of themselves during the team's game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
The rub about the announcers, though, according to the Phoenix New Times
, is that Diamondback fans were asked to take selfies and post them on Twitter.
That still didn't stop commentators Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly from the teasing the Alpha Chi Omega sorority members from Arizona State University.
"Do you have to make faces when you take selfies?" Brenly asked. "That is the best one of the 300 hundred pictures I've taken of myself today."
"Every girl in the picture is locked into her phone," said Berthiaume. "Every single one is dialed in. Welcome to parenting in 2015."
Others came to the sorority sisters' defense.
"Yeah, it was clear that the group wasn't particularly interested in the game at that point, but I don't have a problem with it," said Andrew Joseph of the Arizona Republic
. "Wednesday was 'College Night' at Chase Field, which is a promotion for $5 upper-deck seats for students."
"This group was out of the range of a dangerous foul ball and wanted to take some selfies with a churro. What's the problem? They are having fun at a ball game," said Joseph.
Mark Hinog of SB Nation
wrote that baseball games are as much social events as balls-and-strikes contests and the announcers failed to realize that in their rant, along with the fact the women were complying with the team's own selfie promotion.
"Sports fans should be able to have fun in their own way, whether it be by dancing or taking selfies," said Hinog. "And we should not only respect these moments, but appreciate that they exist."
Amanda Hess of Slate.com
said the announcers rant showed something else.
"What have we learned today? Men like to look at young women," said Hess. "Young women like to look at themselves. Men don't like it when young women look at themselves. But they don't dislike it enough to stop looking at them when they're looking at themselves."
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