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David Ortiz Open to Having a Gay Teammate

As if you needed another reason to like him more, Boston Red Sox superstar David Ortiz has no problem with the idea of having a gay teammate.

And the three-time World Champ has a message for anyone who disagrees.

“It’s the (expletive) 21st century man. Get over it,” Ortiz told The Boston Herald. “It’s not something you choose to be. It’s not like, ‘I want to be a baseball player,’ or, ‘I want to be a basketball player.’ It’s something you’re born with and everybody needs to accept that. Hey, look, the way I see things, I love people the way they are.”

Oh, and the person to thank for the slugger’s incredibly progressive stance?  His mother Angela.

“We all knew, when he was 13, that he was gay,” Ortiz said about a childhood friend. “He was always talking to my mother, telling her everything. They were close. And it was my mother who taught me to love people for who they are. That’s what she told me.”

Good work, lady.