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.
— Matthew Kaminski (@bravesorganist) August 31, 2018
Check out video of all three of Murphy’s at-bats below.
— Organist Alert (@organistalert) August 31, 2018