NBA veteran backup center Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards became the first active player in any of the country’s four major sports to tell the world he is gay.
Nobody knows what the reaction will be among his teammates or the fans, but Collins decided to risk it. What would the reaction be if a baseball player did the same thing?
“I don’t know that it’s an issue with baseball but of life in general,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I never really thought about it that much. If you have an Indians uniform on and you’re hitting or pitching, that’s what’s important.
“I don’t think it’s any of my business to be anything but respectful of the way anyone wants to live his life. It’s just common sense. Be nice and be respectful.’’
BOURN UPDATE — Michael Bourn played catch again Monday and for the first time took some swings off a tee.
Though he is eligible to come off the disabled list today, that won’t happen, because he still feels too much soreness in his right index finger, which was cut open and required five stitches (now removed).
Bourn isn’t certain that he will eventually go out on a rehabilitation assignment, but it seems more of a possibility.
“I might go to the minors for a couple of days,’’ he said. “We’ll see.’’
Added Francona, “We’ve talked to him about a deal like that. At some point, we’ll explore it. When, I don’t know.’’
TRIVIA PURSUIT — Sunday’s day-nighter between the Tribe and Royals was the first split, separate-admission doubleheader in the history of Kauffman Stadium.
FORMALITY — Left-handed reliever Scott Barnes was optioned back to Columbus. He was permitted by new major-league rules to be added to the team as the 26th man for doubleheaders.
FARM FACTS – After retiring the first nine batters of the game against Pawtucket Sunday, Daisuke Matsuzaka grabbed his side after throwing the first pitch of the fourth inning. He was removed from the game with an undetermined injury, and Columbus went on to win 6-5. … Jordan Smith and Charlie Valerio homered, but Carolina lost to Frederick 10-5. Tyler Naquin had two hits, including a double.