Seems there was a little spat in California last week about a Padres game.
Now, me, I don't normally pay much attention to what goes on in California. I agree with what a fellow told me one time: we need to send in the Marines to get that state back. He told me this in the early 1970s. Folks should have listened to him.
Anyway, something happened in California and I missed it. And it involved baseball.
I found out about it via a Georgia blogger, aTypical Joe, who follows, well, not so much baseball, but events like what happened at the ball game. (Great pun in the title, by the way, Joe. And, yes, I got the reference, even though someone else didn't.)
What with being busy and all, it's been difficult to find out just what the facts of the story are.
Here's the basics: The Gay Men's Chorus of San Diego sang The Star-Spangled Banner at the July 8 game.
Now, if that's all there is to it, then it's not a big deal. I mean, a bunch of fellows, who are homosexual, sang the National Anthem at a ball game. Tell me what's wrong with that.
However, it seems some folks put up a fuss.
And that's where the story gets a little hazy.
You see, it wasn't readily apparent that the Padres had a special "Gay Pride Night," with discount tickets, for homosexuals or supporters of LGBT causes. But they did. And I think it's a bad idea.
You see, homosexuals say they want to be included as a part of society. But they also have these "look at me" nights.
Now, am I picking on homosexuals? No. I'm not in favor of Heterosexual night, either.
I also don't care much for Latino night, Negro night, Caucasian night, Left-handers night, Bi-polar night, or any other kind of "our group that's different, just like everyone else" night.
Corporate nights? That's fine. If the Braves want to have Delta night, or CNN night, or Home Depot night, or Coca-Cola night, that's fine. The companies are paying for it.
And Red Cross night, United Way night, Samaritan's Purse night, or other real charity nights, those are fine too. They support and help folks in need, regardless of any special status or grouping. That is, Red Cross just cares that you're in need. Samaritan's Purse doesn't only help Christians. And so on. Those nights? Fine.
But special nights for groups that have a special interest? No way.
If the Gay Pride groups want to shell out the same money as Coke or Delta, then fine. When I see a Big Gay Al they've paid to put up next to the big Coke bottle at Turner Field, I'll know they're all playing by the same rules. And they have group discounts anyway, for families, or picnics, and such. All that's fine.
So, to recap, the Gay Mens Group singing the National Anthem in front of a ball park full of families? Fine with me.
A special Gay Pride Night?
Oh, by the way, the answer to the question, "What do you do about a gay man with three balls?"
Walk him and pitch to the lesbian.