I listened to Chris Rock’s rant against baseball from HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and I must say that he doesn’t have a clue to what he’s talking about. (WARNING: Video embedded probably NSFW).
Rock discusses the decline of African-American participation in Major League Baseball which has dropped by about two-thirds over the past four decades. He argues that baseball is losing black people because it isn’t hip or cool enough.
So what does Rock consider to be unhip and uncool? Its emphasis on history (“old fashioned, stuck in the past”), “white haired announcers”, the construction of new old fashioned ballparks (what he calls “fake, antique stadiums”). Rock argues that “black people don’t like being reminded of the past” and going back to the days of “Ruth, DiMaggio and Emmett Till.”