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Former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy comes out of the closet

Sep 22, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

Kevin McClatchy

Former Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy sat down with Frank Bruni of the New York Times recently and spoke for the first time publicly about his sexuality. He’s gay, and like many people, especially public figures and especially people in the world of professional sports, McClatchy’s time in the closet was difficult, trying and unsatisfying in many, many ways.

But being away from the day-to-day of professional sports since selling the Pirates — and finding himself in a stable relationship — have eased his mind and improved his life.  And about that stable relationship?

For their contentment they have Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, to thank. They were fixed up by someone who worked for Santorum and whom McClatchy first got to know through his professional interactions, when he owned the Pirates, with Santorum’s Senate office.

That’s probably the best thing ever.

Though really, we can’t undersell how being away from the Pirates has likely improved his life too. That place is a misery factory.

  1. don444 - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    I believe McClatchy’s regime oversaw ten of their now soon to be 20 consecutive losing seasons (ha ha, I hate the Pirates). The team certainly had numerous problems during his time in control beyond the man or men he was presumably sleeping with, but let’s face it, living with the uncomfortable day-to-day realities of being closeted couldn’t have been helping anything and this announcement (belated announcement I might add as he approaches his fiftieth birthday) perhaps explains more than many would care to seriously think about it.

  2. barrywhererufrom - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    After reading so many of the posts here I totally understand why our country is so messed up..

    • don444 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      lol Yeah, I’m sure you’re the absolute bastion of normalcy. If you’re interested in doing serious research on “why our country is so messed up” might I suggest you find a more relevant and generally representative venue than a message board involving the announcement of an ex-MLB owner officially coming out of his pink closet. To each his own, but folks see and hear what they want to see and hear in things. I learned that long ago and it simply isn’t worth getting sad or uptight about, really isn’t.

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