On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees released their annual stadium calendar, handing it out to fans in attendance for the Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals matchup.
At first glance, the Yankees newest release excited fans. However, fans immediately took notice when the team made Aroldis Chapman the poster child for October.
Why did Chapman being the poster child for October bother so many fans?
Because October is known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Chapman was the first person suspended by new commissioner Rob Manfred under the new Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy.
The calendar snafu was brought to the attention of Newsday writer Laura Abanese, and since then Yankees fans chimed in:
Your Yankees calendar Mr. October is…ummm…Aroldis Chapman. pic.twitter.com/5CGcorG8Yp
— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) April 15, 2017
@AlbaneseLaura Unironically also national domestic violence awareness month. Seriously.
— 80-166 Fire Phil (@_kristin_f_34) April 15, 2017
@AlbaneseLaura That’s in poor taste.
— Franklin Steele (@FranklinSteele) April 15, 2017
Chapman was suspended for 30-games prior to the 2016 season although prosecutors declined to press charges.
Of course, Chapman also could have been selected for October since the Major League Baseball playoffs occur in that month. Not to mention Chapman recently won a World Series ring while playing with the Chicago Cubs. But for the Yankees to not double check what month Domestic Violence Awareness was before making the calendar just seems a little tone-deaf.
Then again, nothing can be worse than last year’s New York Yankees calendar sold in stores, which featured four players who were no longer with the team at the time of the calendar’s release.
Is it really that hard for the Yankees to make a good calendar with updated players?