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Opinion: Celebrating The Rays Who Showed Off Their Pride
As we near the end of Pride Month, I think it’s important that we talk about some Major League Baseball players who matter. Specifically, I think it’s time we talk about every Tampa Bay Rays player who took the field on June 4 sporting a rainbow patch to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. It may have only been for one game and it may have been a corporate decision, but they still chose to wear the patch during the game when people could visibly see their support, and that’s why these players matter.
MLB: Rob Manfred gives ultimatum to Tampa and Oakland in his latest press conference.
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) Rob Manfred, the baseball commissioner, stated that the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays need to secure new ballpark arrangements as quickly as possible. However, he left the door open for the possibility of relocation if both teams can't come to terms.
5 Tampa Bay Rays Players Refuse To Wear Rainbow Logos Celebrating The Team’s Pride Day
According to a report by Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin, each team has the latitude to express pride awareness in their own way. For The Tampa Bay Rays, that expression was determined to be some color modifications of the team's logos. Team officials told Tpkin that they decided to show their awareness by placing the newly reformatted rainbow-striped logos on their hats and jerseys for certain games this month and that this weekend's series against the Chicago White Sox were chosen to be a couple of those games. However, not all of the team's players were in agreement with the on-field expression.
Baseball's Top Stories for May 25, 2022
San Francisco Giants celebrates after Crawford hit a walk-off RBI single.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Kiermaier homers at leadoff with an inside-the-park. On Tuesday, Kevin Kiermaier was the leadoff hitter against the Marlins. He delivered. Starting pitcher, Pablo Lopez, threw a 92.5 mph fastball to Kiermaier as his pitch of the game. The Rays outfielder connected with a line drive to center with an exit velocity of 102.1 mph. The veteran sped up when he saw that centerfielder, Jesús Sánchez, didn't have a catch after a failed attempt.
Rays Up! Exclusive Interview With Sideline Reporter Tricia Whitaker
Tricia Whitaker has been the Tampa Bay Rays’ sideline reporter for Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Sun since 2019. In part 1 of our conversation, she and I discussed her work with the Rays, a few Rays players to watch out for in 2022, and some of her most memorable days at the ballpark.