Angels center fielder Torii Hunter who says he “doesn’t have a racist bone in my body” is trying to spit his foot out of his mouth after a USA TODAY roundtable discussion where he confirmed to the public that he’s an idiot.
“I’m not going to apologize,” Angels PR nightmare Torii Hunter said. “I told the truth. I’m sorry if I used the wrong choice of words. It wasn’t a racist word. I can’t believe people take that as racism. Maybe it was the wrong word, but I do too much in the community to make this one word ruin anything.”
He was referring to the following comment: “People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African American. They’re not us. They’re impostors.”
That’s right. Torii Hunter called dark Hispanic races black impostors. There’s a better name for Latino players: The New York Mets. Sorry, Los Mets.
The topic was efforts to develop black talent. Since 1989, MLB has had an RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) nationwide with baseball academies and efforts to make baseball more accessible to inner city kids. But that may not keep Latinos, or black impostors as Hunter knows them, from being confused with black players.
“Even people I know come up and say, ‘Hey, what color is Vladminar Guerrero?'” Really, Hunter? People you know walk up to you and ask you what color people are? Are they color blind or just retarded? Seriously, who asks this?
Vlad is Dominican, something more fans would know if the World Baseball Classic was actually a classic.
“As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us,” Hunter says. “It’s like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper. It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago (pause to absorb the stereotype he’s promoting here) and have Scott Boras (who likely wants absolutely nothing to do with this ridiculous verbal shit show) represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’
Baseball is actually pretty color-blind. Teams really aim for talent above anything else. Agents know it, that’s why most talented players have agents. Oh, and no one is playing MLB for minimum wage. Hunter may be expressing his political anti-immigration beliefs in the strangest way possible.
“I’m telling you, it’s sad.” Hunter concluded. Perhaps he meant, “it’s sad that black athletes are so prominent in the NFL, NBA and Olympic sports, but not as much in baseball, which is probably their choice and, therefore, not actually sad.” It would be better if he meant that.
He did not comment, but it’s safe to assume that Hunter is pissed that black Barbie on sale at Wal-Mart. On a related note, supply and demand is not a topic covered in spring training. Neither is PR, apparently.