These girls were mocked on TV for taking selfies at a baseball game. Here's why that's not cool.

At Wednesday's Arizona Diamondbacks game, TV cameras caught a group of young women taking a series of selfies.


And the team's TV broadcasters had a field day making fun of them.


"That's the best one of the 300 pictures of myself I've taken today," one said.

"The beauty of baseball is that you can sit next to your neighbor and have a conversation — or you can just completely ignore them," the other commented.

"Lead-off single here in the fourth — and nobody noticed."

The Diamondbacks themselves later piled on...


And tweeted yet another mock tribute a few hours later.


Now ... let me preface what I'm about to say with this: I'm a huge baseball fan.

Watching Charlie Hayes catch the final out of the 1996 World Series is up there with my wedding and the first time I saw "Independence Day" in my top three all-time memories. I have a framed photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig bro-ing out hanging above my toaster. I'm pretty sure Mariano Rivera de-listed his phone number because of me.

And honestly?

It's a baseball game, not church.

At the end of the day, you're hanging out in a stadium with 40,000 other people watching grown men hit a tiny ball with a wooden bat. And if you want to sit in reverent silence the whole time thinking about your dad and America and bunting while the theme from "The Natural" plays on loop in your head, that's great! If you want to sit back, do the wave, and speed-eat $17 Cracker Jacks, that's great too.

The point is: Spending two minutes taking group selfies isn't appreciably less silly than any of those activities.

At least one of the announcers who made fun of the women — Steve Berthiaume — is no stranger to group selfies himself (that's him in the back left)...

Or even solo selfies...


And that's great! Because selfies are fun and harmless.

Whether you're a middle-aged man in a broadcast booth or a sorority girl eating a churro, they're a great way to share your happiness and excitement with your family and friends. And no one deserves to be shamed for taking them.

Because, I mean ... honestly...


Cool? Cool. Now play ball.

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