Ryan Woody was less interested in gay marrying Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell – he of the shameful anti-gay tirade earlier this season – than just making a spectacle of himself on Saturday. Think wedding dress, sprinting, Turner Field, live baseball game.
And so it unfolded – in slo-mo in the second video below – on Saturday in the 8th inning when Woody, a 26-year-old Decatur resident, met a dare from a friend head-on. Before the on-field, wedding dress-clad drag sprint ala the Armorettes and their Easter Drag Races, Woody was a hit with fans who wanted to snap photos with him all dressed up with no wedding to attend.
The Braves security personnel? Not so much amused as they were befuddled that Woody wasn’t drunk when he pulled the stunt.
They didn’t go easy on the July bride, wrestling him to the ground with conviction. “I had so much adrenalin going I didn’t really feel anything,” said Woody, adding he was only slightly buzzed.
Woody’s drag shenanigans resulted in an overnight stay in jail and a trespassing charge. The dress? It’s still in the jail property room, grass stains and all.
Maybe the Braves will use the footage of Woody in the “It Gets Better Video” some gay fans want them to create. Then again, maybe not.
Photo by Hyosub Shin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution