PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — In November, after Billy Bean addresses a room of 30 general managers, bringing a message of inclusion for gay players in baseball, New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson approached him. He was the first.
He wanted Bean to come to the team's spring training. He considered the idea of having play in games and being a true member of the team for a few days. It was his way of making sure that Bean's message reached the organization.
Ultimately, that did not happen. Bean was reticent, but he is here nonetheless. And in uniform, stretching and working out with the team.