It's not much of a secret why the "It Gets Better" video campaign only caught on with a few Major League Baseball teams. Openly gay professional athletes are still rare and comments by former and once-beloved Minnesota Twin Torii Hunter might go a long way toward keeping it that way.
Hunter's actual quote is in some dispute, but the Los Angeles Times quotes Hunter this way on the subject of the homosexual athlete.
"For me, as a Christian ... I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right," he says. "It will be difficult and uncomfortable."
Hunter, however, says he was misquoted:
The media's love-affair with Torii Hunter (witness the original article in this story referring to him as one of the most "thoughful and intelligent players" in baseball) has been maddening for a long time. Every time Hunter opens his mouth, he says something either offensive, stupid, or whiny, yet he gets treated like some sort of great sage.
I don't know the man. I assume the love affair has to do with his willingness to talk and give interviews -- the only currency sports journos really care about, I guess. But I'm unfamiliar with his tendency to insert his foot in the mouth.
Someone might mention to Hunter that the majority of the world used to say the same type of thing about HIM.
I guess it also wouldn't hurt Hunter to familiarize himself with the concept of irony, would it?
I don't know the man. I assume the love affair has to do with his willingness to talk and give interviews -- the only currency sports journos really care about, I guess.
I don't doubt that. It's only natural to "promote" guys who don't shut up (Michael Cuddyer fit the bill after Torii left, and, don't get me wrong - Cuddyer was a great guy every time I spoke with him, but he still was constantly praised for his "leadership") over quiet people like Joe Mauer.
I'm unfamiliar with his tendency to insert his foot in the mouth.
Off the top of my head, he made some less than intelligent comments about Latin players a few seasons ago. He also completely fabricated a story about Lew Ford being too chicken to want to face the Yankees in the playoffs. Don't forget the time he called Joe Mauer a giant wuss for not playing hurt despite missing the same number of games with injuries at a much less physically demanding position.
Oh, and I enjoyed when he complained recently about the Angels not re-signing him, but signing Josh Hamilton instead. Hard to forgot the Torii Hunter Farewell Tour in 2007 when he spent every single road trip telling the local media, "I've always imagined myself in a Rangers uniform" or "It's been a lifelong dream to be a Yankee" or "It sure would be great to join the Royals next year" while he was still under contract with the Twins. All that, while still somehow getting the beloved great-guy treatment from Dick'n'Bert and the rest of the locals.
Poor baby. He (and everybody else) will get used to it. We got used to black athletes didn't we, despite the fact that it made many white athletes, many faithful Christians, "uncomfortable", some to the point of hysteria. After all, it was clear from the Bible that blacks were the children of Cain and not wanted on the playing field, or just about anywhere else but in the cotton field. But the poor babies got used to it. How very typical, of male athletes anyway, that they take for granted that everyone else is necessarily interested in them (thus this shower anxiety--very vain).