Atlanta has a new hometown hero in Matthew Kaminski, the organist for the Braves, who greeted homophobic Cubs player Daniel Murphy with songs promoting equality and LGBTQ acceptance.
Murphy has stated he “disagrees with the (gay) lifestyle, 100 percent,” and was booed by his own team’s fans just days ago, at the “Out at Wrigley” night.
— Organist Alert (@organistalert) August 31, 2018
The songs Kaminski chose to play whenever Murphy stepped up to the plate on Friday night included “What The World Needs Now is Love” by Hal King and Burt Bacharach, and “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
Kaminski’s subtle trolling did not fly over the heads of tuned-in sports fans:
We’re looking at each other… omg is he playing,.,, omg IT IS
— Megarock Radio (@megarockradio) September 2, 2018
Huge Cubs fan here, and I LOVED the walkups for Murphy!!!!#LoveIsLove
— mark Shafer (@mrkdds) September 3, 2018
Love that you are needling this guy who just doesn’t get that it’s not still 1957. As a Mets fan, I don’t care how many homers he hits v. us, I’m just glad his intolerant lifestyle isn’t in our clubhouse any longer. Thanks! P.s. wish Mets still had a live organist!???
— KoufaxinCT (@koufaxin) September 4, 2018
Thank you for being the best organist in baseball!
— Richard Staff (@Staff7998) August 31, 2018
Dude, that was awesome. ???
— kell mago (@kellyawallace) August 31, 2018
Laura Ricketts, who co-owns the Cubs with her family and also happens to be the first out owner of an MLB franchise, addressed the Murphy acquisition, which took place just days before the LGBTQ event, in a series of tweets.
“Since several people have asked…yes, I was consulted prior to the Daniel Murphy trade. There were several thoughtful conversations among Cubs executives, my brothers and me, as well as with Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion and the subject of Daniel’s 2015 comments. I know Billy and have immense respect for him and his work with the league. Billy, who has since developed a friendship with Daniel, was very positive and encouraging. After these considered and thoughtful conversations, which took place precisely because of the Cubs’ sensitivities on the matter, I was on board with the trade.”