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

Joe Dziemianowicz

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, October 23, 2015, 2:49 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.

Note to Daniel Murphy: don’t hate me because I want to get to first base with Matt Harvey.

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. 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.

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.

“I disagree with the lifestyle,” he said back in March. Then, for emphasis, added, “100%.”

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Let’s go, Mets.

jdziemianowicz@nydailynews.com

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