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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gay Minor League pitcher Jason Burch was just waiting for the right question

Still, through his Minor League career that stretched across six seasons and four Major League Baseball franchises, Burch kept to that mantra: No one asked, no need to tell. During a game for the BaySox in 2008, a rare opportunity presented itself. Sitting in the bullpen, one of his teammates, a pitcher from Latin America, asked him if he had a girlfriend with whom to spend their upcoming break. The door opened and Burch strode right through it.

“I’m not interested in girls. I’m gay. And I don’t have a boyfriend.”..

That wasn’t the only time he shared his sexual orientation with teammates. He opened up to people he trusted, men he had known for a while and people he considered true friends. That list of trusted teammates simply wasn’t very long, as the life of a Minor League player is full of change. He played for five different A+ and AA teams, and two Major League spring trainings, in just his final two seasons in baseball. Players are traded, moved up, dropped down and sent to other teams all season long. Opportunities to build deep, trusting relationships with teammates are few and far between.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coming out, gay rights, jason burch, orioles, rockies

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Royals playoff run inspires team executive to come out

“To walk into my boss’s office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I’m still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, ‘I’m gay.’”

Through the Royals’ magical October run, that discomfort was replaced more and more by confidence. Like so many fans in places like Kansas City, Cleveland and Buffalo desperately hungry for a championship, Schulte’s whole demeanor — even his self-worth — has been affected by decades of sports disappointment.

While baseball is relegated by some to simply a “kids’ game,” for Schulte the last two months have been cathartic.

“I had family at all of the home games. I got to spend time with them. It was an awesome experience. We’ve all been Royals fans all of our lives. To go through the connections with the team, the city and my family, it made me realize it’s time to take a step forward myself and put myself out there. I had been in a rut, with the Royals and all of their difficult seasons and what I was struggling with inside.

“The Royals’ success just made me decide to be proud and just own it, to just be who I am.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: gay rights, matt schulte, royals, team executives

 

 

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