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Smoltz, the Atlanta Braves' well-spoken closer, can stand and chat with reporters for 20 minutes, as he did at Shea Stadium on Friday, and do so without offending anyone. But Smoltz, who is also a devout Christian, caused a stir earlier this month with comments about gay marriage. He was quoted in an Associated Press story as saying, "What's next?
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In the first days of Faith and Fear a decade ago, Jason and I addressed each other directly, largely because nobody else was reading. Everyone knows that there are gay ballplayers. Sure some jerks will shout stuff, as they shouted stuff at Jackie Robinson.
Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and catcher Eddie Perez reportedly made anti-gay comments last week during interviews with the Associated Press, including Smoltz comparing same-sex marriage to legalizing bestiality. The AP article, published July 3, examined homophobia in professional sports and the prospects of a gay player coming out in baseball, basketball, football or hockey. But Smoltz spoke specifically about the most dominant social issue in the gay rights movement, marriage equality, sparking one local activist to demand an apology.
A slew of Republican Congressmen have announced that they will retire after this term. I'm an Atlanta Braves fan, but the thought of John Smoltz in Congress makes me cringe and in fact gives me the willies. Smoltz once said about legalizing gay marriage in an interview about gay athletes.
Next stop, Cooperstown. Smoltz is one of those figures who commands respect around the game, not only for the way he pitches, but also for how he treats people. Blog favorite C.
With such an outstretched success in his career, Smoltz almost missed the success in his married life with the turmoils coming knocking his 16 years of married life. Smoltz, once a great husband to Struble, said his goodbyes to her together with their four kids. With a Christian background and being a firm believer himself, Smoltz is a very popular public figure with his strong testimony. But, his divorce news somehow seems to create an uncomfortable environment in the Atlantic community who follows his principles.