ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jon Hamm joked that the bobble head the St. Louis Cardinals honored him with was "probably repurposed" from a Matt Carpenter model.
"It's great, it's fantastic. It's amazing how many people I've had ask me to get them one," Hamm said before throwing the first pitch Monday night for the Cardinals' game against the Cincinnati Reds. "That was the weird thing — aunts and uncles and friends of all stripes, so I'll probably need about 40 of them."
The "Mad Men" star, a lifelong Cardinals fan who grew up in the suburbs, is starring in the baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm."
Bearded and wearing a white Cardinals cap at the podium, Hamm remembered watching the 1982 World Series at age 11.
Hamm graduated from John Burroughs High School and Missouri before emerging as Don Draper in the hit AMC television series.
He grew up in Normandy, Missouri, not far from Ferguson, where an unarmed 18-year-old was fatally shot by police and has sparked a week of protests and looting. He noted, "That's my neighborhood."
"It's a bad situation all the way around, there's no positive spin to it," Hamm said. "When all the facts come out and hopefully all the light is shown on all sides of it, hopefully the justice will be carried out."
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