Attention pitchers and catchers of New York City, the New York Mets have announced that they will host an LGBT Pride night this baseball season. They will be the first major league New York City baseball team to hold such an event.
Though the night has yet to be officially announced, the team announced the event Friday.
“More than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) baseball fans will fill Citi Field at this historic event.
Thousands of fans will wear commemorative Pride Night shirts with a portion of each ticket sale going to support the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying programs in Long Island and New York City schools,” the Mets announced.
“The New York tri-state area is home to an estimated 2 million LGBT residents and families who have long felt left out and not safe in major league ballparks and arenas.”
The event may cause some consternation in the Met's bullpen. As NJ.com reported, at least one team member disapproves of homosexuality, yet remains open to someone gay joining the team.
“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect," said New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. "You can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
The official pride night has yet to be announced. Tickets will be sold starting at only $35 with proceeds going to an LGBT nonprofit.
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