It’s Marine Week in St. Louis, which means that several hundred of the U.S. military’s finest were in attendance at last night’s Phillies / Cardinals game. Being the patriot producers of public relations that they are, the Fox Sports Midwest broadcast decided to speak with a couple of the marines on hand: Colonel Shane Tomko and Sergeant¬†Nicole Tannahill.

During the quick interview, Col. Tomko remarked:

With that M1A1 Abrams we got across the street, if Halladay keeps on pitching well, we can fix that with one round pretty quickly.

When the FSM commentator laughed nervously about the appropriateness of saying such a thing, Col. Tomko justified his statement thusly:

I can say whatever I want because I’m a war fighter, and this is the Cardinals Nation the last time I checked.

Airtight! Best fans in the world.

Update: Fox Sports Midwest has since issued a statement about the incident:

The comment was an attempt at humor, but was inappropriate to the setting.  We apologize to any fans who may have been offended.

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