Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/3/12

David Cone may have some racial sensitivity classes in his future after a comment he made on Tuesday.

The former Cy Young Award winner and current Yankees TV analyst for YES Network referred to outfielder Ichiro Suzuki’s bat as a “chopstick” on the telecast during the Yankees-Red Sox game.

“Probably a ball, but Suzuki with the chopstick,” Cone said while watching a replay of Ichiro’s at-bat.

Suzuki reached for an outside pitch and grounded a ball to the shortstop in the 11th inning. The Yankees won 4-3 in the 12th, but Cone’s remark stood out.

Just because Suzuki is Japanese we should call his bat a chopstick? As we learned from Ben & Jerry’s which received backlash for putting fortune cookie pieces in a Jeremy Lin-themed ice cream flavor, it’s best to avoid stereotypes and cultural associations. Someone will probably remind Cone about that.

H/T Jimmy Traina
Video via @CJZero

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