This is Sean Karson, junior at MIT. In addition to being a young entrepreneur who has already founded a tech start-up called Sponge Systems, Karson is the starting third baseman of the school's baseball team and a co-captain.
Karson is good too. He hit .350 last season, including a 7 game hitting streak where he hit .540. The kid can play.
And after following the slow moving story of gays in sports, Karson was inspired. And after a practice last week he asked to address the team. At which point he delivered a tearful speech to his teammates coming out.
And where many would assume that this could be a harrowing experience for a young man, Karson describes the exact opposite:
"Nobody's going to throw at you if you're the gay person on the team. I feel great. I'm not scared."
And though Karson's drama-free experience may make his position on the future of gays in sports seem naive, it may actually be a first glimpse at what the next generation of gay athletes come can expect to experience: "I can't wait to see what (the future) brings, actually. But sports are never going to be a scary place for LGBT people again. The locker room is going to be a safe space everywhere."
And who am I to argue with him? He goes to MIT and hangs out with Bill Nye. That means he's a genius.