Richard Greenberg was inspired to write Take Me Out based on the stories of Major League Baseball players who came out following their retirement--notably Billy Bean, who retired in 1995, but did not announce that he was gay until 1999. Greenberg wondered what might happen if an active professional player came out in the middle of a season, and his speculation turned into the play.
Greenberg’s characters in Take Me Out are heavily inspired by actual MLB teams, players, and events. The athletic prowess and racial identity of lead character Darren Lemming was mostly likely inspired by New York
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