Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski gained a lot of new fans Friday after serenading anti-gay Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy with LGBTQ-themed songs.
Kaminski — who has gained a large following since starting with the team in 2009 — played a different song for each of Murphy’s at-bats: The Kinks’ “Lola,” which was inspired by band members’ encounters with a transgender woman; “What the World Needs Now,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and made popular by Jackie DeShannon; and Lady Gaga’s LGBTQ anthem “Born This Way.”
In 2015, Murphy — then with the New York Mets — said of out former MLB player Billy Bean, “I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.” He later reiterated his opposition to homosexuality “100 percent.”
Given a chance to walk back the comments after joining the Cubs last month, Murphy would only say that he’s “been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean” since he spoke out in 2015.
Kaminski felt the love on his song choices, tweeting the following after Friday night’s game.
Check out video of all three of Murphy’s at-bats below.