After I was introduced as MLB's Ambassador of Inclusion by Commissioner Bud Selig at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July, messages of encouragement came pouring in. The majority of them were from within the LGBT community, and they were both supportive and hopeful that this was the beginning of a new era in professional sports.
It was at that time that a friend of mine made an e-mail introduction between me and a young man named Matt Schulte, who works for the Kansas City Royals.
Billy Bean is Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.