Hochman: With BLM now part of MLB culture, a conversation on Cardinals, race and St. Louis | Benjamin Hochman


I think that’s always been, for many Black people, most Black people, this kind of double awareness. You’re part of the society like everyone else. And you enjoy things like everybody else. You look at movies with white people in them, and you enjoy them, like everybody else and everything — but you also understand you’re looking at a white movie. And I think in more recent years, I think white people have become a little bit more sensitive to the idea that as a minority person, you’re looking at this thing with more than one lens. And so, when I go to baseball, yeah, I love the game. I love reading books about the game. I love reading histories of the game, and so forth. In fact, right now I’m reading David Cone’s book about his career, and everything in which I find very interesting because he really gives a really, really close up view of the mentality of the pitcher. But, you know, I’m also aware when I’m looking at the field of Black players and Latino players and white players who are out there. I’m aware of the differences between those players and probably the differences that exist that those players sense among themselves in various ways.

I love the…

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