In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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On Monday, Nate took a look at the Michael Sam news and wondered when the time would come for baseball to welcome its first openly gay player. Nate finished with this:

Maybe it will be a member of the Padres. You never know. Why not?

The factors that would go into the decision to be the first openly gay player in your professional sport seem innumerable – but the scenario got me thinking nonetheless. Why not the Padres?

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Probably. Hopefully. Either way, in my humble opinion, it’s time.

On Sunday, Michael Sam, an All-American defensive end from the University of Missouri and current NFL Draft prospect, announced to the world through an interview with ESPN’s Chris Connelly that he is an openly gay man. He says he came out to his teammates last August. He and his team proceeded to win the SEC East, going on to defeat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl in January. In that game, Sam had a key sack and forced fumble with 55 seconds left that clinched the game for the Tigers. The Tigers finished the season 12-2, ranked 5th in both the AP and USA Today Polls. Read More…