Calling all closeted major league baseball players! You can now find courage in the story of Sean Karson who is a star player on the MIT baseball team. Sean just came out to his team mates and coaching staff. The Florida native is a third baseman who is hitting .350 and is Co-Captain of this year's MIT team.
The chemistry major felt the time had long pass for coming out. The junior in college was disturbed by the lack of open LGBT players in the major leagues. He wanted the younger generation of jocks to have a good role model. Who knows, maybe a major league will draft him and he might just become the first out major league player!
Karson joins University of Maine baseball player James Nutter who recently came out to his team.
The Boston Herald reported:
A couple of days ago, during an indoor practice at MIT, Karson asked coach Andy Barlow if he could say a few words to his teammates.
“I had no idea what he had in mind,” Barlow said. “He had just returned from a conference in California, so I assumed he was going to talk about his company.”
Instead, Karson took a deep breath, and told his coaches and teammates that he’s gay.
“They came up and gave me high fives and said they’d have my back and everything,” he said. “It was so supportive, it was ridiculous.”
Karson did notice a couple of teammates held back, but got emails from them afterward saying "how much they respected me, but that they needed to collect their thoughts first."
So deeply emotional was Karson’s decision to come out that later that night, during an interview at his MIT dorm, he was still welling up with tears.
“I barely held it together,” he said. “I was probably not the most coherent person when I was giving that speech, but that was the third time I cried in the past week. And this is the fourth, I guess.”
Karson is bright, ambitious, breezy and outgoing, but he was surprised by the crying, something he says he did very little of through the years.
“I have never been myself up until very recently,” he said. “Everything’s been just sort of cold and calculated. I’ve been in this fortress, I guess, and haven’t let my emotions out at all.
“I worried that I had no emotions, that I didn’t feel much about anything. It was really weird.”
After dwelling so long about his decision to come out, he’s marveling at how easy it was. And while we have yet to have an active male athlete come out in professional team sports, Karson thinks it’s going to happen soon. Real soon.
“I think it’s going to happen in the next month,” he said, boldly. “Nobody’s going to throw at you if you’re the gay person on the team. I feel great. I’m not scared.”
Thanks to Andy Towle of Towleroad.com.