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Here’s one gay Met fan who is not rooting for Daniel Murphy

Joe Dziemianowicz

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Friday, October 23, 2015, 5:17 PM

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Daniel Murphy has become a hero to most New Yorkers, thanks to his post-season exploits. But gay New Yorkers have a very conflicted view of the slurring slugger.

Everybody’s calling him a hero. I say zero.

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So while the entire city has come down with a raging case of Mets fever, I’m just raging.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to catch this bug whole-hog and jump on the big blue-and-orange bandwagon. This baseball stuff — especially the Mets’ playoff run — is great immersive theater.

Fans  wearing wacky wigs  inspired by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Samson-tressed pitchers? Yes, please. Grown men and women in team jerseys and facepaint on the subway? Love it. Normally, I’d say I’m in. But because I’m out, I can’t. 

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Daniel Murphy has become a hero to most New Yorkers, thanks to his post-season exploits. But gay New Yorkers have a very conflicted view of the slurring slugger.

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Here Murphy bumps chests with Travis d’Arnaud.

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Here Murphy celebrates with his son, Noah, after the Mets swept the Cubs to win the National League pennant on Wednesday night.

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Yep, it’s a gay thing. Murphy is famously homophobic — and that doesn’t play in a major league town where the pennant is rainbow-colored.

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I’m obviously impressed by No. 28’s record home runs in six consecutive post-season games, a feat that  powered the Mets over the Dodgers and the Cubs  en route to the Amazin’s first World Series in 15 years. 

But as Ruthian as Murphy’s exploits have been, he’s a real bush leaguer about homosexuality. His comment keeps running through my head.

“I disagree with the lifestyle,” he said back in March  when openly gay Billy Bean, MLB’s inclusion exec, visited the club. Then, for emphasis, Murphy added, “100%.”

After he missed the start of the 2014 season to be with his wife Tori Ahern as she gave birth to his son Noah, Daniel Murphy attended a White House summit on the family.Kris Connor/Kris Connor/New York Daily News

After he missed the start of the 2014 season to be with his wife Tori Ahern as she gave birth to his son Noah, Daniel Murphy attended a White House summit on the family.

There’s no room for doubt or, for that matter, discussion when you declare that you’re 100% opposed to something or someone.

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So while others cheer the guy, I’m silent. You can applaud, but I’m sitting on my hands. You can stand, but I’m rooted the chair.

“I completely forgot Murphy said that,” a straight friend said when I reminded him of the ballplayer’s bigotry.

I had total recall. Yes, it’s easy to respect Murphy’s deep religious beliefs, but “love the sinner, hate the sin” always rubs me the wrong way. It comes off as a way of letting a guy commit a hateful error because you prefer to talk about homers.

Which is no doubt why Murphy’s bosses told him to talk only about bats, bases and balls, not subjects such as sexuality and tolerance.

But you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Murphy is, so to speak, out.

Before the playoffs, Murphy was just a hunky 30-year-old second baseman and family man from Jacksonville, Fla. Now he’s ascended to living myth. A Hercules. A hero.

So what’s a gay Mets fan to do? For me, it’s hate the homophobe, love the hometeam. And marvel at all the superfans painting the town with bright orange-and-blue pride.

Let’s go, Mets.

jdziemianowicz@nydailynews.com

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