Five-time MLB All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner Torii Hunter joined “MLB at The Plate” to discuss his experiences with racism in baseball.
Hunter recalled instances of coins being thrown at him, batteries tossed in his direction, and stated that he was “always” called the N-word while playing in the outfield.
Below are the insightful words of Torii Hunter on his personal experiences with racist fans and how to stop outward racism at Major League Baseball games.
Torii Hunter on Racism in Baseball
“It doesn’t change because, I always say, anything that happens in the world, it happens in baseball, and these things, it’s still out there. You really can’t change it, but one thing Albert Einstein said, the world won’t be destroyed by evil, it’s going to be destroyed by people sitting there watching evil being done. If there’s racial slurs in the stands, there’s people around that don’t do that. Why hasn’t anybody said anything? The fans have to report that. I definitely think the fans are the ones. Why not the fans in the stands video somebody that’s saying that, and then you expose them and then you gonna be embarrassed. By your family, by your friends, everything for saying those words. If the fans, the people around these people that are saying these things or throwing these things, you expose them they will be embarrassed, and they’re gonna embarrass their last name, they’re gonna embarrass the whole family, and now their family is gonna have to explain their way out of it. All the racial issues that’s going on in this country, not just with African Americans, with Muslims, and everybody. It’s really out there and people are starting to talk about it more, and so when I went through it, it was 2001, 02, 03, 04, I went through all those years, I had batteries tossed at me, I had quarters and nickels and dimes and I would pick them up to get them upset. In the outfield, I was always called the N-word. I had an issue in Kansas City. I had N-word issues there, and we got the guy kicked out. That day we had fans in Kansas City, the Royals fans kind of called him out on in and then they called the front office, all the ushers, and they got the police to drag him out of there. So that was pretty cool, and they came to apologize. It’s gonna happen, it’s not all fans, it’s not all Red Sox fans. I feel like Fenway is still one of my favorite places to play because of the energy. But you just have people, and everybody is not the same. We all have issues in this world, you can’t blame the Red Sox fans, its just a Red Sox fan.”
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