Dusty Baker: Chicago Cubs Still Racist, Proof is the Beating
April 22, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – Dusty Baker managed the Chicago Cubs until 2006, when he led them to the worst record in the National League. At the time of his departure, he hinted at racial undertones that may have influenced the decision.
More recently, Baker noted publicly that Chicago is a tough place to play and manage for African Americans, and upon returning to Chicago for his Reds to take on the Cubs, he says little has changed.
“Well, dude, you know I came back here to see friends and just have a good time,” Baker said after Tuesday’s 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Cubs. “But as soon as I showed up, the Chicago Cubs just started beating on me and my team. The town is clearly still racist.”
“I’m not saying it was completely racially motivated, man, but it’s conspicuous. A black manager shows up, and they just start beating on me. And on my players. I mean, I know [starting pitcher Micah] Owings isn’t black, but I think he’s got a little of the jungle fever. And the Cubs sensed that, and just started pounding him. It’s wrong, dude.”
“The craziest part is they even got their minority players to join in. Talk about brainwashing.”