Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, April 29, 2005

Safe to be out?

There's an interesting story in today's Globe, prompted by Richard Greenberg's play "Take Me Out". The reporter asked several baseball-related folks what they thought reaction to a gay ballplayer would be. To their credit, no one seemed to have a personal issue with it (though Varitek gave a non-response). I found it intriguing that the consensus was that the better the player, the more acceptable he would be. I guess it does make sense, though the Red Sox passed on many, many talented African-American players, including Jackie Robinson, before finally integrating in 1959. I look forward to the day (in my grandkids' future or their kids' future, maybe?) when it won't be an issue for anyone, anywhere.

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