Former major leaguers Robert Fick and Dmitri Young have started a video podcast at Ustream.tv and their first guests Wednesday were pitching brothers Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels and Jeff Weaver, who is retired. Everybody’s from Southern California and they’re all friendly, so it’s very conversational, but at the 17:00-mark or so, Fick starts a line of questioning about having a gay teammate, hypothetically, in a major league clubhouse. He did this with Jered Weaver present because he was a teammate of Torii Hunter, who in December let his sad opinion on the subject be known.
It’s admirable that Fick raised the topic, even if his opinion is just as repugnant:
“I can’t meet gays in… I don’t want a gay athlete, baseball player, in my clubhouse. It would be … uncomfortable for me,” said Fick, who also dropped a crude anti-gay slur twice in the first 20 minutes of the show, later couching his statements with “I have some gay friends and it’s all good.”
The actual good news was, the Weavers didn’t agree.
“Just let ‘em be whatever they are. As long as they can hit or pitch, come on in,” Jeff Weaver said.
The best news was, Jered Weaver probably will be playing baseball for a long time, and would have some influence once an active major leaguer finally comes out. This is what he said:
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