"Hate the homophobia, love the home team."
That's the conclusion made by New York Daily News writer Joe Dziemianowicz about Mets' infielder Daniel Murphy. Murphy has been one of the star players of the team going into this week's World Series against the Kansas City Royals. He's on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.
He's also a Christian who last spring said that he "disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle." Dziemianowicz is a Mets fan who will be rooting for his team but is withholding affection for Murphy:
Everybody’s calling him a hero. I say zero.
Note to Daniel Murphy: don’t hate me because I want to get to first base with Matt Harvey.
So while the entire city has come down with a raging case of Mets fever, I’m just raging.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to catch this bug whole-hog and jump on the big blue-and-orange bandwagon. This baseball stuff — especially the Mets’ playoff run — is great immersive theater.
Fans wearing wacky wigs inspired by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Samson-tressed pitchers? Yes, please. Grown men and women in team jerseys and facepaint on the subway? Love it. Normally, I’d say I’m in. But because I’m out, I can’t.
Yep, it’s a gay thing. Murphy is famously homophobic — and that doesn’t play in a major league town where the pennant is rainbow-colored.
Dziemianowicz is the second writer to take issue with Murphy. On October 20 Jim Buzinski of Outsports.com wrote a column critical of the infielder. The headline: "Mets Star Daniel Murphy disagrees with the gay 'lifestyle.' I disagree with his Christian 'lifestyle.'"