Saturday, July 14, 2007

What do you do about a gay man with three balls?

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.


  1. Well, of course, MY group is the exception!

    But seriously, when the teams are contacted about group discounts, they'll usually announce the group at the games. Little Johnny's birthday party, Harvey's Bad Example Family, the North Avenue bowling team, the Buckhead Gay & Lesbian Alliance, and so on. But no Gay Pride Night. Or Blogger Night.

  2. Basil-this same night, they also had a ball cap giveaway to kids under 12. So families show up with their children for a night at the park, and they are confronted with men kissing each other in front of their kids. Nice move, Padres.

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  5. Personally, I don't even like "Corporate night", "Red Cross night" or any other "night". Except Veterans night. And, if you get rid of all the other nights- then you can afford to let the real men and women in... for free.

  6. Thanks for the link Basil (I like your title too, btw). You're right, I'm not a ball fan ;-) but I do like that we're recognized and included as part of the marketing of the game.

    I'm also not a big fan of PDAs, weather straight or gay. But as a gay man I consider a kiss between two men or two women no more or less offensive than the same kiss between a man and a woman.

    More on that, and my experience of it, here.


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