Homosexuality in baseball

As society moves towards a more accepting way of life, one of the big issues will be homosexuality. For many years, the issue was minorities. Now that minorities have gained a foothold, the eye has turned to homosexuality. The Massachusetts Supreme Court has decreed that gay marriages must be allowed. People are working to change this, to not allow gay marriage. This is a baseball blog, so I won’t go into issues not related to baseball. Kazuhito Tadano, an Indians minor leaguer (who could very well make the move to the majors this year), has asked forgiveness from the public for his small role in a homosexual video taken several years ago when he was in college.
Tadano told his Double-A team earlier in the year about it. He was pleasantly surprised at how well they recieved it. Outfield phenom Grady Sizemore had this to say:
“You could tell he was nervous. But I don’t think it changed anybody’s opinion of him. After it was said and done, nobody thought anything more of it. He’s a great guy and a great pitcher.”
going to stir up some more discussion on homosexuality and baseball. It’s a discussion that needs to be had, but the overwhelming majority right now is still the Clinton policy of Dad-Tee (DADT – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell). But when the first person comes out of the closet, there will be a lot of backlash. People don’t seem to understand that gay people won’t jump down guys throats. The fact is that the person is not going to try to make someone else gay – he is only going to deal with gay people and keep the business relationships strictly business. Baseball has been professionally played for roughly a century. There is on average, 600-700 players every season. I would bet more than Pete Rose ever bet that there’s at least one gay male in baseball a year.
In one other news tidbit, Kazuhiro Sasaki signed the termination papers so he could go back to his family.
Now that, there, gentlemen and ladies, is a role model.

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