Winter weather waning and spring fever rising, this weekend marks the time when pitching and catching takes on new meaning almost every week until the holidays. It’s Hotlanta Softball time, gay Atlanta.
The spring-summer season’s Opening Day comes on Sunday, glowing like a pot of gay gold at the end of a many-splendored beer-busting rainbow trail the last several weeks. The all-day includes 33 matchups at the Southside Sports Complex plus the first official Extra Innings Beer Bust of the season. But not before – what else? – a beer bust: The annual St. Patrick’s-themed Patti-O Party goes down at Joe’s on Saturday.
Then it’s “Play Ball”! But what’s a sports fan or simply an, ahem, athletic supporter to expect? Boys, bats and balls are just a start. So if pictures are worth a thousand words, we have enough to fill an anthology. Warm up with this pictoral guide to how gay Atlanta does gay jock on the diamonds and off, with uniforms and without.
Of course there will be pitchers.
You know there'll be men who can swing their sticks.
And look good doing it.
Um, I’d like to designate a hitter – this one.
Some do it with flair.
And some say it with color.
But all Hotlanta jocks know how to slide into a position.
And take one for the team.
Gay softball is all about strategy.
But it’s also definitely about camaraderie.
Oh yeah, and underwear parties. Score!
And beer busts.
With Jell-O shots.
Lots of ‘em.
Even drag. Make that odd drag. It's Ms. HSL.
It comes with a side of Mr. HSL beefcake.
And other assorted cakes.
Did we mention the beer busts?
Because they are epic.
So line up.
And come make friends.
Lots of friends.
No matter how you show it.
And no matter which team you bat for.
Or whether you play hard.
Or enjoy the dugout scenery more than the field.
Hotlanta Softball, where someone’s always got your back.
Because beer busts.