(BaseballStL) — Jon Hamm may be world famous now, but long before Don Draper was a cultural icon, the man playing him was just another kid from north St. Louis County
That’s what makes watching the unrest in Ferguson so tough for the actor.
“It’s rough. I grew up on north County, I grew up in Normandy. I used to ride my bike through Ferguson,” he said. “It’s a bad situation all around. There’s no positive spin to it.”
As protestors continue to clash with police and national news points a spotlight at his childhood stomping grounds, Hamm said his heart is with his friends and family still living there.
“It’s hard. It’s really hard. I know people from Ferguson, my sister lives in Florissant, my sister is in Overland Hills. That’s my neighborhood,” he said. “I know there’s a lot more good people in those neighborhoods than there are bad people. It’s rough to watch.”
Though he currently splits time between the coasts, much of Hamm’s personal life is rooted in the St. Louis area. He is a relentless local booster and avid Cardinal fan, something that makes seeing the Gateway City on the news every night tough.
“St. Louis has had a rough couple of decades now. It’d be nice to turn it around a little bit. People in St. Louis in my experience are great people. If anyone can do, it we can,” he said. “I hope people can pull together for the sake of the community, because that’s all you have at the end of the day.
Hamm was honored at Monday night’s game with a bobble head giveaway. He also threw out the first pitch.