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Friday, September 03, 2021

‘It’s about damn time for this:’ Bryan Ruby becomes only active pro baseball player to be out as gay

Bryan Ruby first started to realize he was different at 14 years old. That’s when the hiding began. Along with the darkness.

He found emotional refuge in two different parts of his identity. He’s a professional baseball player, a member of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, which makes him much closer to a journeyman than a major-leaguer. And he’s a country music songwriter, having written two songs that reached the charts, plus countless ballads in his notebook.

Yet it’s Ruby’s hidden part of his identity that he now believes can have the biggest impact, partially because it’s so foreign to the worlds of baseball and country music.

Ruby is a gay man, the only active professional baseball player at any level to be publicly out.

“I kept thinking about the little 14-year-old me, who was scared because I’m a baseball player who loved country music,” Ruby, 25, told USA TODAY Sports. “Those are worlds where people like me are told they can’t belong. I’m not a hot-shot prospect. But today, you can’t find a single active baseball player who is out publicly. I want to help create a world where future generations of baseball players don’t have to sacrifice authenticity or who they really are to play the game they love.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2021 at 09:21 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 03, 2021 at 06:45 PM (#6038170)
Wasn't there a gay player on the (low-independent) Sonoma Stompers, as chronicled in the book "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work"?

EDIT: The closest thing I could find to a stats page for Ruby was this. Apparently, he played at Vassar College (not far from where I live), and for pro teams in Germany and Guatemala (!)...
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 03, 2021 at 09:45 PM (#6038200)
All other active gay players are OBPing 1.000?
   3. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 04, 2021 at 02:14 AM (#6038236)
Once Will and Grace got to its second season the Culture Wars were lost.
   4. Rough Carrigan Posted: September 05, 2021 at 09:49 PM (#6038441)
It did set back the fight against mediocre, predictable comedy.

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