You’ve probably seen the image floating around social media: a rather short professional baseball player standing on an upturned bucket in order to interviewed by a tall female reporter. It’s been captioned, “Siri, show me fragile masculinity.” 

I’m not saying that there isn’t a time and a place to discuss fragile or toxic masculinity, especially in professional sports. There is definitely room for more women in sports reporting, management, coaching, umpiring, and playing. (When I was young, I wanted to be a baseball umpire, but there were two things in my way: women don’t go to the big leagues, and I would be tempted to throw the game to my favorite team).

However, this is not that time and place. This isn’t yet another story about a NFL player beating his wife or girlfriend, or a male tennis player dismissing the women’s circuit. This is Kike’ Hernandez, and I cannot think of any professional athlete whose masculinity is less fragile (Yes, please circulate images of athletes who are comfortable with their masculinity).  I must confess, first of all, that I am a lifelong Dodgers fan; I remember when Kike’ tweeted this image himself last season. He did so with a joke about height disparity that included the hashtag #shortpeopleproblems, if I recall correctly. This is a running joke between Kike’ and the reporter.

Kike’ (he’s a junior, so he goes by his nickname rather than Enrique) has a reputation as a joker. He once persuaded a coach that he didn’t speak English. On another occasion, he dressed as a banana in the dugout. He gave a colleague (Adrian Gonzalez) a big birthday kiss in the dugout (watch the video — A-Gon has to work to fake it. Kike’ was going for the real thing). And Kike’ loves to dance.

He’s known for other things too: his emotional response to his father’s life-threatening cancer; his affection for Chase Utley, his “team dad;” his energetic fund-raising for Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria; his love for his dogs and his fiance’. He recently tweeted some pictures with his fiance’. They are on a playground; she wears jeans and a nice top, while he has on denim overall shorts and dangles from the jungle gym. I don’t know if these pictures were her idea, his idea, or the photographer’s idea, but he is participating most enthusiastically.

While fragile masculinity is a real problem, affecting everything from mass shooters to environmental irresponsibility to violence against women and girls, I think we can safely leave Kike’ Hernandez out of it.

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