If you were watching the Yankees/Red Sox game on Saturday night, you may have caught quite a conversation out of left field.
During coverage of the game as part of the final night of the first season of FOX’s “Baseball Night In America”, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (what were you expecting them to call, the Rangers/Twins game?) were so mesmerized by the dreadlocks of Yankees outfielder Darnell McDonald – the team claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox and he happened to be making his debut against his former team – that the duo somehow sauntered into a discussion about Locks Of Love.
Here’s what happened: Buck discussed how McDonald’s had to take his dreadlocks off, because, of course, part of the Yankees dress code is no facial hair below the ears. When the Fox crew showed a photo of McDonald’s dreadlocks in a Ziploc bag, McCarver could clearly be heard laughing. Hysterically, I might add.
“What in the world are you going to do with those,” McCarver asked? “He said he might sell them to charity — what charity would buy that?”
At that point, Buck started schooling McCarver about Locks Of Love, an explanation that was derailed by a passed ball by the Red Sox, advancing Yankees runners on base.
After the play, Buck just said, “Locks of Love, I would imagine, is going to get the bag of hair from Darnell McDonald.”
Anyway, since Buck failed to elaborate on the charity’s mission, I will: Locks Of Love, according to their website, “is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.”
Diagnoses like, you know, cancer.
I bet if McCarver had any idea whatsoever, he wouldn’t have laughingly wondered, “How much business does Locks Of Love have?”
And a news flash to Joe Buck, who I’m sure had to be biting his tongue during this uncomfortable exchange: according to the Locks Of Love website, dreadlocks cannot be accepted. “Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.”
Now that’s funny, Timmy!
By the way, at the top of the fifth inning, McCarver apologized for his ill-informed comments – and laughter – regarding Locks Of Love a few innings earlier… Here’s full text of McCarver’s apology: “We were kidding about Darnell McDonald’s locks earlier, and we talked about the Locks Of Love. We were by no means — I was by no means taking that wonderful organization lightly. It is a terrific organization that does a world of good, furnishing hair for cancer patients.”
Note how after talking about how “we” talked about McDonald’s dreadlocks, he went on to say “we were by no means,” then quickly caught himself to say, “I was by no means…” Of course, it should be noted that the word “sorry” was never uttered.
Was Tim McCarver out of line? Watch the video and judge for yourself.
And just for good measure, here’s some instant Twitter reaction from dozens of viewers upon hearing McCarver mocking Locks Of Love.