The San Francisco Giants made a huge decision this week as they are set to become the first Major League Baseball team to play in Pride uniforms when they take the field on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.
Manager Gabe Kapler told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he’s “very proud that the San Francisco Giants are taking this step.”
“Very proud to be part of it,” Kapler continued. “Looking forward to the impact and the support that we can provide for the LGBTQ+ community.”
As expected, the announcement did not come without some heavy backlash on social media.
The Oracle Park scoreboard will also display Pride colors throughout June.
“We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer wrote in a statement as part of the team’s announcement on Tuesday.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he is “very proud that the San Francisco Giants are taking this step, very proud to be a part of it, and looking forward to the impact and the support that we can provide for the LGBTQ+ community.”