Two Professional Male Baseball Players Shared a Moment of Intimacy in Their Recent Game (Video)
During the Atlanta Braves May 4 baseball home game against the San Francisco Giants, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies physically comforted his teammate, outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. by holding Acuña close and rubbing his head during an intimate moment in the dugout. Considering that there’s only one openly gay male athlete in all of American pro-sports — a result of widespread homophobia and toxic masculinity — seeing two pro-athletes comfort each other in public is a welcome sight in the competitive and hyper-masculine world of sports.
Although the sports commentators in the clip below initially laugh at the display of male affection — asking, “What in the world do we have here?” and later joking that Acuña is having some “nap time” — the main commentator soon reduces his laughter, noting Albies giving Acuña a scalp massage and then calling the two teammates “best of friends.”
Then, in a seeming recognition of what these two men are sharing, the commentators imagine dialogue between Albies and Acuña saying, “Listen, I think I’m a little stressed right now. I need to find a way to relax,” and, “Come over here, I gotcha. I gotcha. I’ve got just the thing.”
It’s kind of remarkable.