It's a lesson we've all learned before. You say something, then a minute later you wish you could shove it back in your mouth and everyone would forget you ever said it. As Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus experienced Wednesday, real life doesn't work like that.
Especially not when an MLB manager makes a joke about domestic violence.
After another Detroit Tigers loss — their third in a row, causing them to slide out of first place in the AL Central this week — Ausmus was asked by a reporter how he deals with losses when he goes home. His response?
"I beat my wife."
We groaned. You groaned. Everybody groaned. Heck, even Ausmus was groaning a minute later. From MLive.com:
"I'm just kidding," he quickly clarified before offering up a serious response. "Luckily, my wife and kids are fantastic," he said. "I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good. They've seen me be in a bad mood after a loss. They've been great."
Ausmus stuck his foot so far in his own mouth that it went out the back of his throat and kicked him in his behind. Give him credit for quickly realizing his mistake, but don't give him credit for much else here.
You can't be an MLB manager, a person of authority who gets paid handsomely, and joke about domestic violence in a post-game press conference. You just can't.
About a minute later, Ausmus returned to the topic and offered an apology.
"I didn't want to make light of battered women," Ausmus said. "I didn't mean to make light of it, so I apologize if that offended anyone. Next question. Sorry."
Obviously things haven't been going well in Detroit lately. The Tigers are 9-20 since May 19, losing again Wednesday by the score of 2-1 to the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers have fallen out of first place for the first time all season, unseated by those same Royals, the team that's defeated them Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ausmus may very well feel the need to punch something right now. If that's the case, there are many sporting goods stores where he can buy a punching bag.
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