Erik Braverman, a Los Angeles Dodgers senior vice president, and Jonathan Cottrell, a software engineer, met on the pitching mound at Dodgers Stadium in front of about 80 family members and close friends to tie the knot on Friday.
“Hopefully this will show that in a sport like baseball, even if you don’t feel you fit in, you can always find a place,” said Braverman, who joined the Dodger organization in 2008.
It became a cornerstone for him when he came out publicly as gay in 2015 and felt the full support of a Guggenheim ownership group determined to repair a longtime fractured relationship with the local LGBTQ community.
“Dodger Stadium is a place I called home for 15 years, a place I publicly came out, a place where I witnessed some amazing games, but a place I’ve never been able to utilize for myself,” said Braverman. “I approached Lon [Rosen, Dodgers’ executive vice president/chief marketing officer] and said, ‘I want this for my wedding, but does this seem selfish?’”
“I think it would be perfect,” Rosen told him.
The Dodgers organization proudly hosted the first “Gay Night” in pro sports back in 2000 and continues to celebrate its LGBTQ fans year after year.
“Getting married in front of anybody takes guts, but to do it at the cathedral at Chavez Ravine?” said Billy Bean, a gay former Dodger who is an MLB vice president and special assistant to the commissioner. “This is a transparent example of the environment Dodger ownership has created for the people who work there. This doesn’t happen at every stadium.”