On opposing teams, but friends off of the field, Sean and Mason find themselves closer than ever before.
Ahh the power of liquid courage. A drunk Mason finally kisses Sean- his friend who is gay but quietly so because of the spotlight. Mason figures he is bisexual and has been quietly carrying a torch for Sean. But both are scared to death that “the kiss” could ruin what has been a pretty awesome friendship.
Navigating a new normal for both of them. Juggling careers, schedules and secrecy, is a difficult road for both. I really enjoyed that they seemed to really take their time with the relationship. There was the whole “honeymoon period” when they want to be together 24/7 but baseball kept them apart quite a bit of the time. When they were together, there was both the awkwardness of a new relationship (and one of them being a virgin) and the comfort of old friends. That is a strange tight rope to walk, but Sloan Johnson really made me care about these characters and want to cheer them on.
Of course there are obstacles to overcome, but honestly nothing was over the top or insincere. These are issues that a new relationship in baseball would encounter. There was also a dinger or two (baseball reference anyone?) that I didn’t expect and really enjoyed.
I definitely look forward to more from Sloan Johnson and the Homerun series.
There’s never been any question in Sean Tucker’s mind that he’d do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.
Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there’s always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean. Until now.
For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he’s always known he’s bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he’d always assumed was straight? And more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?