June 5, 2011

A+ to San Fran for Making Baseball "Better."

So the other day in “Batting Practice Bitches,” a question was posed about what sport would have the first openly gay superstar.  While I thought it would be the NBA, Robin mused that it would be baseball and even made up a sweet jingle for it.  And she just may be right. Courtesy of Carrie, it seems the San Francisco Giants produced a great “It Gets Better” video, which you all should check out below.  I really hope other teams take notice.  Major props to the Giants (and a big thanks to Carrie).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  (You should totally be watching the epic French Open final between Rafa and Rog right now. It has been awesome so far). 

1 comment:

  1. Well that was amazing. But from this Giants organization? Not surprising (their "come to the ballpark" commercials shown locally are flat out hysterical and star all of them - even Bochy).

    Mini-rant time. I agree the first openly gay athlete will likely be a baseball player. I've spent 4 years watching a bunch of them (USF Dons - currently 1-1 in NCAA West Regionals) help teach my 14 yr-old how to be a man (and they thought they were teaching him how to play baseball). Key ingredients:
    1. Self-respect. Baseball players are products of failure. You are completely exposed on any play involving you and after it's over, there is a stop in play where everyone gets to think about it. You cannot handle that kind of pressure, especially failure, without healthy self-respect. When you've made a spectacular play, you normally think of it as "payback" for a terrible play some other time.

    2. Empathy. You have been where every other guy who blows a play in front of god and the whole world is right now. You are not angry at them. How can you be? And if it is an opponent, you are grateful for the advantage, but "gloat" would never occur - you've been there. One of my favorite moments is the dugout wince/yell when an opponent errors - the shouts are always about their guy ("way to hustle the that bag, Benny!).

    There isn't a good player in baseball who hasn't been totally humiliated by this game. You see them react to someone else being humiliated in a sympathetic manner. It's instinct for them. They recognize the body language, the facial expressions. I've seen my son and his teammates deflect humiliation in non-baseball social settings. Not because they have superior character. Because they are baseball players and live there.

    Digression: This is also why the Duke LAX scandal is almost impossible to imagine happening with a baseball team. They are not wired for the amount of humiliation that occurred in that incident. This is not to say that baseball doesn't have its demons. Just that they are completely out of character to this game.

    So how will players react to a gay teammate? "Dude, thanks, that's more girls for me" (which is a joke, because ballplayers are mostly serial monogamists).
    "Are your Mom and Dad cool with it?" - ballplayers are big on Mom & Dad.
    "Now that you're out, does this mean you'll hit better?" - ballplayers know hitting is best done with a clear mind. If coming out makes a teammate hit better, this a a very good thing.

    4. When you are confident in your "baseballinity"[TM] you can be in touch with your inner "Hello Kitty." The decal on my son's batting helmet says as much about baseball, and baseball players, as my long-winded rant:
    http://shb8baseball.blogspot.com/2011/05/hello-kitty.html. Would my son have a problem with a gay teammate? Nah, too many more important things to worry about.