Like attending a women's college, drinking beer from the bottle, and having sex with other women, softball has long been recognized as a sure sign of homosexuality. "If you play, you're probably gay," clarifies the L.A. Times.
When the Wall Street Journal published the front page picture of Elena Kagan about to swing at a softball game during her U Chicago days, the question was not is softball gay?, but rather is this former player gay? The former was simply assumed, while the latter was coyly batted about; few respectable journalists (i.e. not cable news anchors) wanted to come out and say Kagan was gay, but the question simmered slowly, to the point where people were asking for proof that Kagan was what she said. Not that anyone is homophobic, mind you, they just wanted this key issue cleared up, once and for all.