Brooks Marlow, a Class A player in the Houston Astros minor league system, decided to share a bad opinion on Twitter about an ESPN broadcast. While watching a single elimination game with huge stakes, Marlow simply couldn't concentrate on said game with a woman's voice on the call.
Marlow felt the need to share this discomfort on the internet because it felt like relatable content to him. Well, in 2016, it's not. The Astros issued a thoughtful apology about the tweet, but that doesn't change the fact that Marlow's tweet is still something that is emblematic within the male-driven sports world.
This isn't the first time that Jessica Mendoza, the woman Marlow was referring to, has dealt with these kind of comments from players or fans. Sadly, it's a common issue within the sports world. Just take a look at any female media member's Twitter mentions and it will quickly become apparent how widespread the issue is.
Doris Burke faced a similar issue when she ascended to a lead NBA broadcasting role despite being one of the sharpest basketball minds at the network. That's the thing about Mendoza, Burke, or any woman who takes a prominent broadcasting role: They are generally hyper competent because they had to be two or three times as good to rise above their male counterparts.
Women should never have to deal with comments like Marlow's. But hopefully by calling out sexism, eventually it'll lead to the response a more inclusive sports environment for women.
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after scoring the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Michael Thomas #31 of the Miami Dolphins tackles Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 29, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Martin Prado, Marcell Ozuna, and Miguel Rojas of the Miami Marlins gather around the pitching mound after the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on September 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Carlos Gomez #14 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a three run home run off of Tyler Thornburg #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Brewers 8-5 at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 28, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates after the Red Sox clinched the American League East on September 28, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
TALLINN, ESTONIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Giulia Foresti and Leo Luca Sforza of Italy compete during the Junior Pairs Short Program on day one of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating on September 29, 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
CALI, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Players of Argentina celebrate after the FIFA Futsal World Cup Semi-Final match between Argentina and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium on September 28, 2016 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets talks with a fan while in the on deck circle during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 25, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach shot on the fourth playoff hole during the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - SEPTEMBER 24: (Editors Note: Image was created using multiple exposure in camera) Daria Jakab of Hungary competes during the Junior Ladies Free Skating on day three of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating on September 24, 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Jhajuan Seales #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys bobbles a pass against Tion Wright #3 of the Baylor Bears in the first half at McLane Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: An athlete competes in the swim section of Ironman Mallorca on September 24, 2016 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Akrum Wadley #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leaps over teammate Ike Boettger #75 as he carries the ball in the first half agianst the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Stephan De Freitas Barcha of Brazil rides Landpeter Do Feroleto during the CSIO Barcelona Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final First Round at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona on September 22, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 29: Brad Marchand #63 of Team Canada celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Team Europe during Game Two of the World Cup of Hockey final series at the Air Canada Centre on September 29, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Team Canada defeated Team Europe 2-1. (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox bats during the second inning of his final game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on September 29, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the FedExCup and TOUR Championship trophies after his victory over Ryan Moore with a birdie on the fourth extra hole during the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)