Affeldt has grown to love open-minded Bay Area
In this Feb. 20, 2013 photo is San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt posing on picture day at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. Affeldt arrived in San Francisco five years ago determined to get rid of his negative feelings toward the gay population. The Giants pitcher reveals these former thoughts in his recently released book, "To Stir a Movement:" Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball." In the book, he also acknowledges how he returned $500,000 to the Giants after a typo gave him an uintended bonus in the new contract he signed following his breakout 2009 season.(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jeremy Affeldt came to the Bay Area as an opposing player, he refused to leave his hotel room aside from going to and from the ballpark. He was admittedly homophobic.
When he joined the San Francisco Giants five years ago, Affeldt became determined to get rid of his negative feelings toward the gay population. The transformation took time and a change of heart, given what he calls his "sheltered" upbringing in the Eastern Washington city of Spokane. Now, Affeldt is more than comfortable saying he was wrong to judge a community based solely on sexual orientation.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am.