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Friday, September 16, 2016

Why Courtney Knichel’s job as a baseball GM requires her to wear Converse to work

Probably just a publicity stunt to get fans in the stands to watch the GM.

At first glance, Knichel appears part-stereotype: Her hair is perfectly curled and she wears a large, monogramed necklace. Her office is not only decorated with nine years’ worth of Blue Crabs momentos, but also with a pink base from a breast cancer awareness event and a mug scrawled with “World’s best lady boss” in pink script. On the wall behind her desk, there’s a framed picture of the Blue Crabs’ opening pitch.

If that clashes with the summer boys’ culture of baseball, Knichel does not care—she has a vision for what she wants, and she’s quick to respond if she sees something out of place.

Earlier this year, Knichel was visiting the locker room after a game to talk to Owens. As she usually does, she called out before entering to make sure all the players were at least decently dressed. As Knichel walked in, a first-year player made a crack, miming her peering through her fingers to see the supposedly naked studs in the locker room. Knichel stopped.

“I was like, ‘Dude, I’ve worked here nine years,’” she said. “‘If I wanted to look at d—ks, I’d have looked at d—ks, you know?’”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2016 at 04:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
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