October 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Yankees one of four MLB teams to never have held LGBT pride night
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The New York Yankees are one of four MLB teams to have never hosted an LGBT pride night for fans.

The Yankees are joined by the Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers as the only teams who have never held a pride night.

According to the New York Times, the Yankees don’t appear partial to singling out a particular group of fans except on certain occasions.

“The Yankees have in recent years largely shied away from promotions with an ethnic or cultural flavor, although there are regular instances when they honor a cause with a brief pregame ceremony, such as last year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade,” the New York Times writes.

Out MLB executive Billy Bean told the New York Times that a team not hosting a pride night doesn’t mean they’re anti-LGBT.

“The idea of a team not hosting a pride night is not a complete assessment of its stance on inclusion, especially where baseball’s responsibility lies,” Bean says.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo also told the New York Times that the team has shown their support for the LGBT community numerous times.

“…the work by General Manager Brian Cashman and the assistant general manager Jean Afterman with organizations that assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths; a pregame ceremony last year to acknowledge those killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.; and an invitation to Billy Bean, the gay Major League Baseball executive who promotes inclusion, to speak with Yankees players on the major and minor league levels,” the New York Times writes.

 

 

  • Steve Charing

    I don’t believe the Orioles ever did either. There have been group outings at the ballpark but nothing officially sanctioned by the team, i.e. announcement on the scoreboard, performance of National Anthem, throwing out the first pitch, etc. The Orioles have no objections to it but any group to be officially recognized must sell a minimum number of tickets to qualify. If I’m wrong, please comment here..

    • BEARY FLINTSTONE

      You are correct!

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