And there are only more great stories to come!
David Denson has had a notable season… the pro baseball player is on the top prospect list for his Major League organization, the Milwaukee Brewers, and playing in Helena, Montana for one of their minor league teams, he made the All Star Team and hit a home run in the All Star Game!
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But forget all that, because the real reason the star slugger is having a big year is that he's opened up to himself and his teammates: he's gay! And he's made history, too, as he's now the first openly gay active player in the minor leagues.
After coming out to his family this spring, Denson finally decided to tell his teammates in the clubhouse, and it went better than the minor leaguer had ever hoped. Denson told reporters:
"Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them. They said, 'You're still our teammate. You're still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don't treat you any different. We've got your back.'"
Even the Brewers' minor league director, Reid Nichols, who Denson had confided in this spring before dropping the news on his team, assured Denson he'd be evaluated on the field on the only thing that mattered — his play:
"I told him we supported him and would continue to support him. I thought the meeting went well. We told him that was his personal business and we would judge him only on his career in baseball, as we do with every player."
But it's not like Denson didn't worry about coming out before he actually got up the courage to do it. He admitted that his play suffered early in the year when thoughts of eventually revealing himself weighed heavily on him:
"There was that stereotype stuck in my head that there would never be a gay player on a team. I was thinking that once they found out, they would shut me out or treat me different. That was one of the things that was holding me back. I was always saying, 'Just keep it quiet. You don't need to tell them. You don't want them to see you different. You don't want them to judge you.' I was so concerned about how they would feel. I was pushing my feelings aside. Finally, I came to terms with this is who I am and not everybody is going to accept it. Once you do that, it's a blessing in itself."
Here's to a long, successful career for Denson — and an even healthier and happier life around family, friends, teammates, and loved ones who accept and love him for who he is: the very good baseball player who also just so happens to be gay!
[Image via David Denson/Twitter.]
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