San Francisco Giants expect full attendance at Pride Night

The Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers will participate in Pride Day on Saturday in San Francisco, with both teams wearing Pride-themed caps.

The Giants don’t expect players to refuse to wear the logos, which five Tampa Bay Rays players did during their Pride festivities last week.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction, acceptance by everyone,” Giants outfielder Austin Slater told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s a reflection of where our society is going, and that’s a good thing. It’s good to see MLB stepping in and making it a day – minor league baseball has done that and had a lot of success with it, and I think it’s moving. That’s what it’s really about, moving the needle.”

If there are any reluctant to wear the Pride costume, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he will discuss the issue with those who do.

“The best example was last year,” Kapler said. “We’re going to manage this by making sure we have all the necessary conversations ahead of the match and hopefully those conversations will lead to full support for our players and staff.”

Danger! champion Amy Schneider will throw out the first pitch and Dale Scott, who retired in 2017 as the only openly gay umpire in league history, will help hand out the lineup card.

“It’s really important that everyone feels welcome, wanted and appreciated. And that’s absolutely true for the LGBTQ+ community. We’re going to do everything in our power to make that welcoming feeling really evident in our ballpark,” Kapler said.

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