When Nick Castellanos walked out to right in the top of the ninth in Game 6 of the World Series in Houston, it meant that the Astros had won their second world title in three years and thatDusty Baker had finally won his first.
Major League Baseball wanted to show the world how little they think of African-Americans. The World Series didn't feature a single Black player born, but if it wasn't for Baker and the others, it wouldn't have happened.
He did it because he was the only one who could.
This is the first time since 1950 that no African-Americans were on the World Series rosters.
Before the series began, Baker was made aware of the stat, but he didn't want to hear about it. The state of the game is bad. That's amazing! It's terrible. I don't like the game.
Do you know how pathetic it is for the league to make a 73-year-old black man who has given his life to baseball speak out? The bar for Major League Baseball is so low that the culture of the sport keeps it low.
All you had to do was look at the three most important days on the Major League Baseball calendar to understand why this season was so bad for African Americans.
The other team in the World Series didn't have an African American player on their opening day roster. It was related to the fact that only 7.2 percent of African-American-born players were on opening day rosters this season, which was even lower than the previous year. Only five African-American-born Black players were chosen to play in the All-Star game.
Just two years after the league finally recognized the players of the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball dared to celebrate Jack, notJackie, Robinson's 75th anniversary.
Some people were surprised that Baker was alone on that World Series stage, even if he wasn't alive.
When asked if he thought about being an African-American manager, Baker said he looked in the mirror every day and knew what he was. I know what you mean. There is a lot of pressure from a lot of people that are pulling for me. I think that part. I hear it every day and I feel like I have been selected for this.
Only three black managers have ever won a World Series.
Being the oldest doesn't bother Baker. I don't pay much attention to my age. Being the third black manager with Dave Roberts and my good friend Cito Gaston, who was responsible for me as a kid when I first signed with the Braves, is something I think about.
In April, Roberts called out Major League Baseball when it came to their efforts in attracting and promoting more African-American players. It is clear that Roberts was foreshadowing what we would see in the World Series.
Major League Baseball and people that love to carry this racist sport's water will point to the money that has been donated and the programs that have been put into diversity efforts. They will be as hollow as a WiffleBall.
It was something that hadn't happened since the days of Jack Robinson. It isn't a sign of progress. It is proof of a plan to remove African-Americans from baseball.