Tom Kenderson, Sam's old roommate from his Red Sox days, has just written his autobiography and is launching the book at Cheers since Sam is mentioned in it. Despite Tom asking Sam to read it before the book launch, Sam fails to do so. As the book is launched in front of a few reporters, Sam wishes that he had read it since Tom used the book as his way of coming out, which shocks Sam if only because Tom was a bigger womanizer than even him back then. Sam wants to be supportive of his old friend, but he is also deathly afraid of being construed as being gay himself. His support for Tom eventually wins out, which angers the regulars of the bar, who are afraid that Cheers will turn into a gay bar. Those regulars' concerns extend to being surrounded by what they assume will be stereotypically effeminate accoutrement around the establishment. They are also certain that they could spot a gay man a mile away, and as such they vow to scare off anyone who fits that mold. Sam has to decide ... Written by
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The autobiography of Sam's gay baseball friend in "The Boys in the Bar" Episode: #1.16 is called "Catcher's mask" See more
Hey, listen. Those guys are staying. If anyone else wants to leave, that's fine.
OK, Sammy, you know what kind of bar this is going to turn into.
It's not going to turn into the kind of bar that I have to throw people out of.
That's the noblest preposition you've ever dangled.