There has always been a link between sports and sex.
I blame boys. But the connection between sex and baseball begins when we are young and on the playground. It starts innocently. To get to first base means you managed the most innocent of tasks – kissing. However, as we age, the metaphor ages with us. Second base – under the shirt contact. Third base – down the shirt contact. And of course, a home run means “going all the way.” But it even goes deeper than that. Obviously if you strike out you are denied any sexual contact whatsoever. But the metaphor extends to gay men as well. If you’re a pitcher you perform anal sex. If you’re a catcher, you receive anal sex. Switch hitters means you can go either way and are attracted to both sexes. Similarly, if you’re playing for both teams, you’re bisexual. However, if you’re playing for the other team, you’re homosexual. Which is odd because it should mean you’re heterosexual, but I didn’t make up these categories.