Bryan Ruby speaks out on Tampa Bay Rays players’ refusal to wear the Pride patch

Bryan Ruby speaks out on Tampa Bay Rays players’ refusal to wear the Pride patch

Openly gay professional baseball player Bryan Ruby has slammed several players for the Tampa Bay Rays after they refused to wear LGBTQ decals on specialty caps as part of their uniform.

Ruby called the decision a bad look for baseball, citing it as an example of why many players on Major League Baseball rosters remain in the closet, according to USA Today.

It all started when several Rays pitchers, including Jason Adam, Brooks Raley, Jalen Beeks, Ryan Thompson and Jeffrey Springs, said no to wearing hats emblazoned with a multicolored Tampa Bay logo for the franchise’s Pride Night event during a game against the Chicago. White Sox on June 4, according to USA Today.

Ruby, sharing her thoughts on the situation, said: “A lot of guys just don’t understand that they’ve always had and will continue to have gay teammates. Such outdated language and behavior actively hurts the team. It’s hard enough being gay in baseball,” according to the outlet.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Bryan Ruby performs the national anthem before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Ruby then said, “I can’t help but notice that for the 146th straight year, there are no openly gay players in Major League Baseball. And when your own teammates could publicly wave that you don’t belong there, it’s nearly impossible to succeed in the sport,” USA Today reported.

Rays manager Kevin Cash downplayed the level of division his team was experiencing in the locker room due to pitchers choosing to stay true to their faith rather than wear the LGBTQ caps, the outlet noted. .

Ruby went on to say that allowing there to be a lack of unity between the players on this issue goes against the team’s inclusive message, the outlet reported.

He also revealed that a major factor in his own decision to come out as gay while playing for Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was the support he received from his teammates while wearing rainbow-colored shoelaces. sky, according to USA Today. .

Ruby hinted that he wouldn’t have had the same level of support had he played for the Rays back then. (RELATED: Three graves discovered under Tampa Bay Rays stadium parking lot)

“I wonder if Rays management would repeat their completely false message to support ‘diversity and inclusiveness’ in the organization if Rays players adamantly refused to wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day,” Ruby said. , before revealing that he would take June off to further explore other options to enter the field this summer, according to USA Today.

Ruby then praised the use of Pride Nights, but said they weren’t enough to address the issues he believes are happening in the locker room, the outlet noted.

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