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Atlanta Braves Organist Reminds Antigay Player We Were 'Born This Way'

Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy

The Braves' organist trolled Daniel Murphy with songs about love and inclusion.

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The Atlanta Braves' organist delivered a pointed musical message to antigay Chicago Cubs player Daniel Murphy at last Thursday night's game.

Second baseman Murphy, who recently joined the Cubs after stints with the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals, made a famous antigay comment in 2015 when asked about working with Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion, who is gay.

"I disagree with his lifestyle," Murphy said. "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him." This year he said he has become friendly with Bean, but he didn't apologize for his homophobia.

In response, Braves organist Matthew Kaminski sent a message of love and inclusion, as noted by Twitter users. When Murphy batted in the fourth inning, Kaminski played "Lola," a Kinks hit about a man dating a woman who is apparently transgender. For Murphy's at-bat in the sixth, he played "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and when the player came up in the ninth, the musical choice was Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."

What most accounts of the game didn't mention was that his song for Murphy's first at-bat, in the first inning, was "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop, the 1984 action movie starring Eddie Murphy. It may have been chosen because of the actor's last name, but Eddie is known for homophobic remarks too.

Murphy didn't get a hit in the game, which the Cubs nonetheless won 5-4, but it's impossible to know if that was an effect of Kaminski's performance. But Twitter lit up with praise for the organist, who is generally renowned for his witty song choices.

Kaminski was grateful.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.