Chris Rock Calls Out Cardinals for Lily White Team

Chris Rock, baseball fan -- and baseball critic. - Courtesy of
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Chris Rock, baseball fan -- and baseball critic.

Comedian Chris Rock recently visited HBO's Real Sports to chastise baseball for losing its black audience -- and the Cardinals got special attention.

Rock described himself as "an endangered species -- a black baseball fan." Ball clubs used to be 20 percent black, he said; now they average 8npercent, and that number is falling fast. And some teams, he noted, are even worse.

"The San Francisco Giants won it all without a single black person on the team," Rock said of the 2014 world champions. "And the team the Giants had to beat to get there, the St. Louis Cardinals, had no black players either. How can you ever be in St. Louis and see no black people?"

As the show displayed footage from the stands, Rock continued: "And get this. The crowds were more than 90 percent white -- like the Ferguson Police Department!"

Yes, he went there.

You can watch the whole segment below. The St. Louis commentary comes in just after the one-minute mark.

About The Author

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske is the executive editor of the RFT and its sister papers. She is the former host of St. Louis on the Air and continues to host its Legal Roundtable, as well participating as an occasional panelist on Nine PBS' Donnybrook. She lives in St. Louis.
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