5 Tampa Bay D’bags Rays players (all pitchers, no catchers.) refused to wear the Gay Pride logo on their uniforms this weekend — saying their religious beliefs wouldn’t allow it, but also saying they love and accept everyone.
Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson. On Saturday, during the team’s Pride Night celebration, they reportedly ditched the custom jerseys/hats featuring rainbow-colored lettering and instead opted for standard unis. The reason … “faith-based” purposes. Adam explained … “So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”
Unclear what fallout, if any, may come from this. It is Florida after all.
Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the reaction from the crowd was a genuine cheer. Reader Steven, who was in the ballpark, says he was “proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.” The Dodgers have held LGBT nights in recent years, and while it’s great to publicly announce that everyone’s welcome, there’s nothing quite like being normalized by dorky in-stadium entertainment to make everyone feel included.
Making a career out of their anti-gay “Christian” stance. Smacked down and never-were HGTV wannabees Jason and David Benham talked about they, with the help of a pair of Chicago Cubs baseball tickets turned a gay man straight during during their National Religious Broadcasters convention speech
“We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out — and he said things to me that made me lose my appetite. But I simply responded in love.”
“After a little conversation back and forth, I found out he loved baseball … and I got him tickets to a Cubs game. He shot me a Facebook post and said, ‘I was not expecting that — and I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve chosen to walk away from my lifestyle.’”
See that. One night with the Benham boys is enough to turn a gay man straight. But not for the reasons that they are stating.
NOTE: In two days the Benham Boys will be holding a hate rally in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina protesting against a proposed LGBT rights ordinance.
The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that shortstop Yunel Escobar will receive a 3 day suspension without pay and work with GLAAD and the You Can Play project, after he was seen with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black over the weekend after appearing at Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with the Spanish words “TU ERE MARICON” written on an eyeblack sticker, a black patch baseball players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun’s glare which translates into “You are a faggot”.
“I consistently say that Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and that I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s diverse fan base deserves. Mr. Escobar has admitted that his actions were a mistake and I am hopeful he can use this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to educate himself and others that intolerance has no place in our game or society.”
Escobar told reporters that the message was “just a joke” and that “maricon” is a meaningless word that’s often used among Latin players which if true, in itself is shameful that an anti-gay insult has become so common that its derogatory nature isn’t readily apparent to those who use it.
Toronto Blue Jay shortstop in stunning display of homophobia and insensitivity played Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with the Spanish words “TU ERE MARICON” written on an eyeblack sticker, a black patch baseball players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun’s glare which translates into “You are a faggot.”
Jeff Samardzija, born January 23, 1985, in Merrillville, Indiana, is an American baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs
Samardzija throws a 2-seam fastball, 4-seam fastball, splitter, mixed in with a slider and a changeup. Samardzija’s fastball is clocked between 96mph-99mph and his changeup resides in the mid 80s and his slider is around the low 80s.