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Washington Nationals Celebrate 15th Pride Night

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Last night one of the longest standing Pride traditions in Major League Baseball continued. Night OUT at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ June celebration, celebrated its 15th anniversary last evening.

The Game

The Nationals had a rough start to the evening as the White Sox took an early 4-0 lead in the first. The Nationals didn’t score until the third inning, but the fifth inning is when they really showed up. Trea Turner doubled, then Adam Eaton drew a walk, and Anthony Rendon joined the party with his 11th homer off the season. That gave Washington a lead they wouldn’t surrender for the rest of the game. The fun wasn’t over yet though. Matt Adams doubled, then Howie Kendrick did the same to score Adams from second. Victor Robles wanted to have fun too, so he hit a 2-run homer, his ninth of the season. That was the end of the scoring for the game, but it was more than enough. The theatrics gave Steven Strasburg his 100th career win. Happy Pride!

Nationals in the Community

The spokesperson for the team’s LGBTQ+ outreach in Washington is closer Sean Doolittle. Doolittle and his wife, Eireann Dolan, are very involved in the DC community. They work together with SMYAL, a community outreach program designed to help LGBTQ+ teens reach their full potential, whatever that looks like. They offer many services including leadership programs designed to teach youth that they are important and their voices matter.

Dolan and Doolittle first got involved when Doolittle was still with the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics wanted to start a pride night, but some season ticket holders expressed anger toward the team for doing so. Dolan offered to buy all the tickets for the evening from season ticket members who didn’t want to attend the event. No one took her up on her offer, but that didn’t stop her and her husband from buying tickets to fill the seats with over 900 members of the community. Doolittle caught the ceremonial first pitch last evening and was also chatting and posing for photos on the field before the game. He also got to come into the game for his 13th save of the season.

Pride Night Around the League

Below is a list of when each MLB team will be having their Pride Night celebrations this season. I encourage you to go check them out, they’re usually a lot of fun! I’ll be at the Toronto event tomorrow evening and am really looking forward to it!

AL East

Orioles: June 12 vs Blue Jays

Red Sox: June 11 vs Rangers

Yankees: June 25 vs Blue Jays

Rays: June 14 vs Angels

Blue Jays: June 6 vs Yankees

AL Central

White Sox: July 23 vs Marlins

Cleveland: Aug 22 vs Royals

Tigers: June 26 vs Rangers

Royals: Sept 4 vs Tigers

Twins: July 9 vs Royals

AL West

Astros: None listed

Angels: June 25 vs Reds (inaugural)

Athletics: June 1 vs Astros

Mariners: July 5 vs Athletics

Rangers: None listed

NL East

Atlanta: June 14 vs Phillies

Marlins: June 27 vs Nationals

Mets: Aug 10 vs Nationals

Phillies: June 26 vs Mets

Nationals: June 4 vs White Sox

NL Central

Cubs: June 23 vs Mets

Reds: June 1 vs Nationals

Brewers: June 5 vs Marlins (sold out)

Pirates: July 7 vs Brewers

Cardinals: July 26 vs Astros

NL West

Diamondbacks: June 21 vs Giants

Rockies: June 14 vs Padres

Dodgers: May 31 vs Phillies

Padres: April 19 vs Reds

Giants: June 12 vs Padres

 

Written by Susannah Schmidt

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