Beckham apologizes for gay ‘joke’

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has apologized

for jokingly writing a message in the dirt calling friend and

former teammate Chris Getz gay.

The message he left near second base in Monday’s game against

Kansas City read: “GETZ IS GAY! GB.” Some fans sitting in the upper

deck at U.S. Cellular Field noticed the writing. The message was

first reported Saturday by the Chicago Sun-Times. Getz, also a

second baseman, was traded along with Josh Fields from the White

Sox to the Royals in November 2009. The White Sox got Mark Teahen

in the deal.

“Obviously I apologize and kind of want to move on,” Beckham

told reporters before the White Sox played the Twins on Saturday.

“Obviously it was meant as a joke, but obviously it was in the

wrong place and I didn’t mean it that way. I will just try to move

on.

“It’s one of those things that was unfortunate that happened,

and I want to try to move on from it.”

Beckham was the White Sox’s first-round pick out of the

University in Georgia in 2008 and played only 59 games in the

minors before being promoted to the majors in 2009.