Happy In Bag

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Force Out

Kauffman Stadium is surely among the least receptive public venues in Kansas City for displays of ambiguous sexual identity. This theory was tested Thursday afternoon. Royals fans were understandably cranky. It was hot, the home team was on their way to a 17-3 drubbing, and the stadium was packed with shrieking kids on a "school day" promotion. Two shirtless guys began taunting Royals fans. Their antics included embracing each other, dancing provocatively and waving A's batting helmets. It was too much for the Royals' constituency to absorb. Dozens of schoolgirls giggled and groaned. The Larry the Cable Guy-types surrounding me were flabbergasted. After several innings of escalating altercations, the Royals' security staff asked the men to leave.


  • At 7:01 PM, Blogger Xavier Onassis said…

    "Kauffman Stadium is surely among the least receptive public venues in Kansas City for displays of ambiguous sexual identity."

    Rates right up there with the Kansas Speedway. If you ain't a skinny, mullet-sportin' meth freak wearing weird shades with a tatooed BBW girlfriend wearing skimpy clothes then you just won't be made to feel very welcome.

  • At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I appreciate this observation. A friend of mine who lives in Washington, DC, noted the other day that he has helped organize a gay day at Washington Nationals games. He says the team organization has been hugely supportive, not least because they realize that the LGBT community represents a significant financial opportunity for them. He said they had more than 1600 fans at last year's event and expect more next year. Apparently more than half of MLB clubs have such days.

    One wonders: Why not the Royals? (Or do they?) Is there something inherently unfriendly at Kauffman Stadium? Or just no local organizing group stepping up?

  • At 10:47 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I don't know, Brian, if the Royals have a promotion of this nature. It's a great idea. And as you suggest, it could be a financial boon for the team.

    I should also point out that I have no idea if the guys I mention in my post are gay or not. That's not the point. Rather, I'm observing that the mere implication of homosexuality caused a ruckus.


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