Many athletes are looked up to and expected to be role models for the younger generation. It is even better when the entire organization does good things to make a good impression.
Last season, there were 12 LGBT nights across Major League Baseball. The Tigers, A’s, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rays, Nationals, Rockies, Mets, Mariners, Braves, Giants, and Diamondbacks all participated in Pride nights.
In 2018, this number doubled – jumping up to 24 teams. The Cubs will have two, June 10 and the annual “Out at Wrigley” event on August 26. All five teams in the National League Central and National League West will host some sort of Pride night throughout the season. The Yankees and the Angels are the only two teams to never host an event of this sort during the season.
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The Cubs first started doing “Out at Wrigley” back in 2001 when a writer from the Chicago Free Press called the Cubs to organize an event. August 26 will be the 18th annual “Out at Wrigley” day. Back during that time in 2001, the Cubs became the first male professional sports team in the United States to advertise in an LGBT newspaper.
Sports are for everyone – period
Having Pride Days are a very good thing in sports, and really takes away from the “macho” feeling that has perpetuated the sporting industry for years.
The Cubs are the only team that will have two pride days, as opposed to everybody else’s one. One day is better than none, and it’s progress for a sport that has had its issues of becoming more progressive over the years.
Out at Wrigley bought 500 tickets inside of the stadium and 200 more rooftop tickets from 2004 to 2011. Since 2012, they have bought out the Budweiser Patio Deck as well as general seating tickets. During Out at Wrigley, contests determine who will sing the Anthem and throw the first pitch.
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