Britt M. Shirley
Pride Night with the Tampa Bay Rays
On June 4, 2022, the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Chicago White Sox in their 16th “Pride Night.” Like almost every other team in Major League Baseball (MLB), the Rays had a game during June – Pride Month – to celebrate their LGBTQ+ fans. Tropicana Field, the Rays’ home stadium, was decked out with rainbow flags and Rays players wore caps with the rainbow-striped “TB” and rainbow starburst patches on their sleeve. However, many fans did not notice that five of the team’s relief pitchers opted not to wear the pride-themed caps or patches until it was reported by local and national media outlets.