Just imagine that you are at a baseball game with some friends. You are not a huge sports fan but you are there for the hotdogs and beer and because someone invited you. You are happy to be there, but you can’t say that you know all the rules or really care for that matter.
You are sitting in your seat. You are a little bored and start to people watch. You see the families with their kids who are desperate to catch a ball. You see drunk people eating peanuts and yelling at the players on the field. Your eyes scan to the other side of the stadium and see something interesting.
This is what happened to Atlanta-native Sania Kay on July 4th. She was at a Braves’ baseball game when she noticed the sign in the outfield. She tweeted a picture of the “KKK” sign with the caption, “definitely NOT okay."
Almost every stadium has a “K-Corner." It is basically a “living scoreboard” that allows fans in the outfield to keep track of the home pitcher’s strikeouts. When Sania tweeted suggesting that the “KKK’s” meant something else, you know that Twitter did not let her off easy.
@jondhoward tweeted, “Watch enough baseball and you'll see it in literally every MLB ballpark…” She responded, “Just because it happens everywhere doesn't make it right.” And when @ToriCuthh told her that is was the dumbest thing she’s ever heard in her life, Sania replied, “You can say and feel how you want. But i’m entitled to my opinion too. And I don't want to look up and see that. Period.”
According to the New York Daily News, Dennis Scalzitti, a New York Mets fan, came up with the idea in the '80s while he was in the shower. The trend started as a way to celebrate rookie pitching sensation Dwight Gooden. It started by hand back in 1984.
“I told my friends, ‘let’s just do this and see if the fans like it,’” said Scalzitti. “And it took off.” He started the movement with a few friends and after some time, they were given passes by the Mets so they could keep the crowd riled up. It wasn’t long before it was so popular and so rowdy in their stands that they needed a bodyguard to protect them.
So little by little, other stadiums started to do the same. And now you will see “K-Corners” in almost every baseball stadium in the United States. So, while Sania meant well, those “KKK’s” did not mean any harm.
Hey Twitterverse, I think she heard and read and saw all 1,800 of your comments so why don’t you give the girl a break? She made her point and you’ve made yours as well. It’s time for everyone to move on….And maybe find a new letter while we are at it.