posted on Feb, 13 2006 @ 07:14 PM
Don't we care how players perform ON THE FIELD? Why should we care if their off-field fondnesses are for men, or women, or both, or for farm aminals,
or some combination thereof?
I have a lesbian friend in California N.O.W. who tells me that if it weren't for lesbians, the stands would be pretty much empty at many WNBA games.
And SHE lives by the Sacramento team which finished 25-9, winning its conference and finishing 1 game behind the team with the best record in the
WNBA. Considering the caliber of play at the top level of that league, it would be tragic to see it fold, so right-on for their lesbian supporters.
I once read an excellent article about the WNBA in S.I., followed soon thereafter by a cretinous letter to the editor, where a father said he couldn't
go to WNBA games with his family, because women held hands in the stands, so from now on he was only taking his kids to good "family values" events
(1) Pro hockey games [heavyweight wrestling, but for real, with guys spitting out teeth and looking like they were in the same kind of 10-minute bar
fights I was in when I was a young drunk]; and
(2) NASCAR, where some fans await major collisions, and many of the greatest, sooner or later, wind up dead. I don't know enough about NASCAR to
comment further, but there's certainly no denying that in the past, many fans have died because things like tires going super-fast flew into the
stands (I understand they've taken steps to reduce these deaths, and I sure applaud NASCAR for this).
Now, if a person's religious or other beliefs are overwhelmingly anti-gay, and they don't want their children exposed to women holding hands, that is
their prerogative--just as it is a hate-filled black dad's right to keep his kids away from whites and all their hatred against blacks. I happen to
despise both types of hatred, but I'm not the parent of either type of child, so my opinions don't count. The same goes for Jewish parents' right to
steep their kids in Semitic values and do everything they can to induce, coerce, etc.--lawfully--their kids to marry other Jews, something which long
ago affected me personally, and which I also find repugnant.
George Brett is either the second or third greatest third baseman of all time, in terms of career value. He's unquestionably behind Mike Schmidt,
and, although it's close, I think he's behind Eddie Mathews--no matter how much Bill James loves Brett for being his hometown boy. During Brett's
career, he was widely rumored to be gay because he was single late into his career.
And that meant WHAT, exactly? Brett won batting titles in THREE decades, a feat unmatched by anyone, INCLUDING Ty Cobb, who played NINE of his 24
years in the 1920's, when the live ball came in, and who posted averages of .378, .389 and .401 in that decade, but still never won another batting
Brett was a 12-time all-star with an average of 6.66 runs created per 27 outs, in a career centered in the run-scarce decade of the 1980's, and played
his entire career in the cavernous home park of the Royals, where your HR's had to be either down the line or just about murdered.
Brett was a 12-time all-star with an average of 6.66 runs created per 27 outs, in a career centered in the run-scarce decade of the 1980's, and
playing his entire career in the cavernous home park of the Royals, where your HR's had to be either down the line or murdered.
Does anyone, in retrospect, think it matters whether Brett liked men, women or farm animals in his playing career? IF he was gay--and that's a big
IF, because I sure don't know--I'm sure team showers made him very uncomfortable, not excited... exactly as I would feel if I were a reporter and were
sent by some tasteless idiot boss into the women's locker room to interview players after the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Hell, suppoes for a moment that Barry Bonds is gay and his wife is an expensive front? Believe it or not, I would sympathize with the guy, because
god only knows what s--- he would catch once he retired and some unduly nosey teammate outed him.
Do we really CARE what baseball, hockey, soccer, American football, hoops, track, or whatever kind of sports star is gay, hetero, bi, into sheep, or
god knows what? As long as it's all nonviolent and between CONSENTING ADULTS, I can tell you that I sure as hell don't care, AND I DON'T THINK IT'S
ANY OF OUR BIZ. Unless one has spent too much time listening to Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell, I invite him or her to consider why he or she
We've obviously got a right to feel as we please. If that means disliking, hating, distrusting or wanting to "out" gays, so be it. I will admit
that, for reasons I have no idea about, I've had a double-digit number of lesbian friends, but never yet a close gay male friend. I wouldn't feel
ashamed to, nor would I feel constantly compelled to let everyone else know I'm straight.
Jeez. Is this post long enough? I hope several of you find it useful.