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David Cone calls Ichiro’s bat a “chopstick”

Oct 3, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

Ichiro Suzuki AP

Sometimes, when a pitcher throws a gopherball, the announcer says “I bet he wishes he could have that one back.” I imagine the same goes for a broadcaster who used to be a pitcher. David Cone, specifically.

Last night in the bottom of the 11th, Cone, broadcasting for YES Network, was describing an Ichiro Suzuki hit and said “Ichiro … with the choptick” to describe his bat handling abilities.  Here’s the video. Watch for that awkward broadcast silence followed in which you just know everyone in the booth and in the satellite truck were grimacing and cringing at one another. Good times!

This story about it says “the remark caused an outcry from fans on social media.” Which, OK, but I scrolled back on my baseball-fan-and-watcher-heavy Twitter feed from last night and I didn’t see an “outcry.” I saw a lot of people say stuff like “oooh, Coney, that wasn’t good,” but no “outcry.”

I mean, gosh, even overly-sensitive liberal weenies like me acknowledge that sometimes stuff happens.  At least I hope so.

  1. kevfern - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    im a jap and saw the game last night …half asleep i think it was the 10th or 11th inning..I certainly didn’t get my panties in a bunch. Suzuki with the chopstick could be taken as “chop-stick” which he did do when he grounded out to short. Now if he had said “the rice-eating , chp-stick using suzuki grounds out to end the inning….then i’d go godzilla on him and karate-chop him to death

    • kevfern - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      And let us not forget our other Asian bro….lin
      Chink in the Armor that got somebody fired….but then again chink is derogotory…okay sayonara!

  2. dark0101 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I think Cone is a good guy and didn’t really mean anything bad by it – but I think his comment reflects a general attitude (even held by white liberals) that its ok to racially bully/harrass/belittle Asian people, while its NOT ok to make fun of blacks, hispanics, gays or anyone else. If Cone had said that Cano was swinging a banana or sugar cane for example, or that Granderson hacks at the ball like a gangsta with a sawed-off shotgun – it would be viewed as racist and there would be an outcry.

    As an Asian person (of Indian heritage), I can tell you that I grew up in liberal metro NYC (was born in da Bronx yo, lifelong Yankee fan) – and my family and friends and I have always experienced tons of racial bullying and degradation – and its always been excused even by my white liberal friends as “not a big deal” whereas for any other race it would be considered a big deal. Even though we’re Christian and Westernized and rarely eat curry and traditional Indian foods – we’re still called things like “dot head”, “gu-du”, “dirty Hindu”, “curry”, “dumb Gandhi”, etc, etc. Ironic, since the entire Civil Rights movement which white liberals now portray as their own invention, was inspired by Mahatma Ghandi and Hindu and Buddhist concepts, a great man and great religions that are now reduced to a racial insult.

    I think it comes down to the fact that Asians tend to be quiet, nerdy, introverted – and are easy targets for the more aggressive races of people. Asians simply don’t stand up for themselves enough. Also Asians are not “cool”, therefore white liberals (who are obsessed with being seen as “cool”) don’t see a need to defend us, the way they do blacks or hispanics (who tend to be tougher and “cool”).

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