Would You Accept a Mets Player Who Was Gay?

How would you respond if that player was struggling or succeeding on the field?

Note: This article was written and submitted by Matthew Falkenbury and was originally printed on The Daily Stache.

There is nothing wrong, weird, or any other negative adjective you can think of, with being a homosexual.

It is a lifestyle that over the past 20 years has become more accepted in society, and yet still has roadblocks to it being fully accepted.

After the Super Bowl week, where 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver talked about how a gay teammate would not be welcomed in the locker room, I wondered how I or other Mets fans would react if a Mets player was openly gay.

How would you respond if that player was struggling or succeeding on the field? Would you be more cautious to heckle him if he was doing poorly? Would you not cheer him loudly for fear that rooting for a gay man would be looked on by others as a negative?

I guess, my question, beyond the scope of just the Mets and us fans, is would we be willing to accept and support a player on any of our favorite teams if he was openly gay.

At one point in his Hall of Fame career, Mike Piazza was rumored to have been a homosexual. In what is considered one of the strangest press conferences in Mets history, Piazza told the media he was not gay.

Mike Piazza is my all-time favorite player. He is the reason I became a Mets fan. If those rumors had been true, and he was gay, I would not care. What he does off the field is not my concern. I only cared about what he did every night for nine innings or more, trying to help the Mets win a ball game.

Of course, other fans did care and the New York Post most certainly cared as they tried to further the story as much as possible. The headline on the back page that was one of the most famous of them all is the picture you see in this article.

In 2013, the gay community has made so many strides to earn equality in our society. The legalization of gay marriage in many states, including New York, being just one part of the many issues the gay community has seen success on over the years.

Sports is something that has deep roots in being considered a “Mainly Man’s” activity. It is for the strongest of the strong, the most gifted of athletes competing for glory and the next opportunity to cash in when the time is right.

Whether it’s football, basketball, hockey or baseball, we have seen men and women perform to the best of their abilities each and every day to be the best they can be and be remembered for what they did on the playing field.

The sexual orientation that they choose or that they are born with, depending on which side of that argument you fall on, should not be any of our concern. It won’t affect how they perform, train, work at getting better at what they do and it shouldn’t affect their performance on the field, court, ice or diamond.

If the New York Mets had an openly gay player, he should be treated as any of the other players that have put on the uniform before him or after him.

I would accept him because the Mets organization has accepted him. I would cheer for him if he was doing well and boo him if he was doing poorly.

What he does off the field would not enter my mind for a second when it came to determining what he has done well or not well for the Mets.

But, I’m just one fan. The sense I get, and the reason I think that a player in any major U.S. sport has not come out as gay until after his career was over is because his fear of acceptance in our society.

Jackie Robinson took that step into the spotlight for African Americans, Billie Jean King took that step into the spotlight for Women. Will we ever see a current athlete in any of the four major sports do the same for gay men? I think one day we will.

At the end of the day, it should not matter if one of the 2013 or beyond players for the New York Mets was gay. But, sadly, it will matter. It will matter to many people and it will change the perception he has among fans in general.

It will matter but will you accept it if a current Mets player was openly gay? Tell us in the comments section below.

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John Gruber February 13, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Peter, homosexual behavior is no more deviant than discriminating against someone for whom they have feelings for. You and the rest here have no where near the intelligence required to understand the science of sexuality. Instead, you rely on some fictitious entity to justify your homophobia
Tom Gillen February 13, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Sorry Artie, I was hoping you wouldn't misunderstand what I was saying but I think you did. It definitely wasn't meant in an argumentative way. What I was trying to say is that I, personally, don't care how you or anyone else raises their kids. They are your kids, not mine. Point being that it is nobody's business what any of us do with our lives. Why are we so concerned with what other people are doing? Personally I favor equal rights for all (as per the Constitution)
Tom Gillen February 13, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Well let's stick with the Mike Piazza case for a minute. You are right, a player's (or person's) sexually does not need to be broadcast either on the field or in the world. I think you and I are looking at this differently in this regard: I agree that players probably prefer their sexuality not be broadcast. It doesn't need to be. But in the case of Mike Piazza and situations like his, A) why is his sexuality a question in the first place, and B) if he is gay, shouldn't it be acceptable for him to answer the question with "yes I am gay" without fear of retribution by fans or teammates or owners? I'm not sure what you mean by imposing gayness, but a person should be free to be open about their sexuality if they choose....without fear of retribution. This is America
Tom Gillen February 13, 2013 at 06:23 PM
This is not an article. It is a blog. It is an entry designed to promote discussion. If you prefer not to discuss this topic, then I'd suggest clicking on another blog or article on the site. It's that simple.
David Reich-Hale February 13, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Thank you for your comments, but at this time we feel that all sides have been heard and will close comments on this post.


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