Cubs Fans Boo Newly Acquired, Homophobic Player at Pride Night Game

Daniel Murphy has spoken out against the gay "lifestyle," citing his Christian beliefs.

Fans turned out to Pride night at Wrigley Field on Sunday to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds and, in the case of many, to boo one of their own players over his homophobic rhetoric.

Daniel Murphy has made his opposition to the so-called gay "lifestyle" known, citing his Christian beliefs for his stance on the issue. In a bit of inopportune timing, the Cubs traded for the second baseman less than a week before its annual Out at Wrigley event.

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 25: Daniel Murphy #3 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning on August 25, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Cubs faithful let him know that while they are still here for their team, which happens to be co-owned by an openly gay woman, they are less than thrilled with his presence on it.

Bill Gubrud, organizer of Out At Wrigley, told Outsports news of Murphy joining the Cubs drove increased interest in the game, including from both natives and out-of-towners who wanted to stand in solidarity against the player's anti-gay views.

He reported that the game had "more energy" than it has had in years, and that many in the stands booed Murphy whenever he came up to bat.

“I will always root for the Cubs, but I can’t for him,” he added.

During the game, owners Tom and Laura Ricketts went to the LGBTQ section and answered questions regarding the team's decision to acquire Murphy, despite his history of making hurtful statements.

Laura Ricketts has said she was consulted about signing him, and clarified she was supportive of the decision, even though she is herself a member of the LGBTQ community he has disparaged.

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