Rockies fight back against trolls who made sexist comments about Jenny Cavnar

On Monday night, Jenny Cavnar became of the few women to provide play-by-play during a baseball game. Cavnar, who is normally an on-field reporter during Colorado Rockies broadcasts, got a shot to hop in the booth, and added her name to the baseball history books. 

[Still not too late to join a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league]

While many found the event to be a momentous occasion, there were some trolls who predictably decided to lob vile and sexist comments in Cavnar’s direction. The Rockies were not about the let that happen.

The team’s Twitter account took on a number of nasty commenters during and after Monday’s game.

And finally:

You’ll make note of a few things above. In the first tweet, the Rockies make it clear people are allowed to be critical, but it must be done respectfully. The team drew a line when that Twitter user used inappropriate language, which we’ve blocked out.

You may also notice that some of the tweets the team responded to have been deleted. The Rockies confronted a few of these keyboard warriors, and that was all it took for them to scurry off with their tails between their legs.

Jessica Mendoza has faced similar comments during ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts. Anything she says or does gets picked apart by a certain contingent of fans. It becomes tough to figure out how much of that is legitimate criticism and how much is simply due to Mendoza being a woman.

Whether or not Cavnar was perfect Monday doesn’t matter. It was her first game, and doing play-by-play is not an easy job. There were going to be gripes no matter what, but those were magnified by Cavnar’s gender. When a man gets hired as a baseball broadcaster, people don’t tune in to his first game looking to pick apart his style. There’s an understanding that perfecting play-by-play takes time, and people should give that same courtesy to Cavnar.

The response to Cavnar calling the game was generally positive. Her partner, Ryan Spilborghs, sent out a supportive message prior to the game. Mendoza and plenty of other women who love and enjoy baseball did the same.

Many recognized that Cavnar doing play-by-play was an important moment, and it’s great that the Rockies drowned out the small contingent of trolls who tried to ruin it.

Related: See each team's odds of winning the World Series: 

30 PHOTOS
2018 World Series odds for each MLB team
See Gallery
2018 World Series odds for each MLB team

Miami Marlins: 500/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers: 500/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals: 450/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

San Diego Padres: 300/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Reds: 300/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers: 200/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Rays: 200/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Oakland Athletics: 200/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chicago White Sox: 200/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves: 200/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles: 175/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates: 120/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Phillies: 80/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Seattle Mariners: 50/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants: 50/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Colorado Rockies: 50/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays: 35/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks: 35/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Brewers: 30/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

New York Mets: 25/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels: 25/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals: 20/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins: 20/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox: 10/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals: 9/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo via Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians: 8/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by David J. Becker/Getty Images)

Chicago Cubs: 7/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

New York Yankees: 6/1 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Los Angeles Dodgers: 11/2 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Houston Astros: 11/2 odds

Via Vegas Insider

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

– – – – – – –

Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

More from Yahoo Sports:

Kershaw doesn’t see 300 wins as realistic
Ohtani card already valued at $60,000
Rays prospect has had a tremendous 48 hours
Gausman turns in an immaculate inning


Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.