The Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers will participate in Pride Day on Saturday in San Francisco with both team wearing ballcaps with Pride colors.
The Giants don’t expect any players to opt out of wearing the logos, which five Tampa Bay Rays players did when they had their Pride festivities last week.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction, acceptance of all people,” Giants outfielder Austin Slater told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s a reflection of where our society is going, and it’s a great thing. It’s good to see that MLB is stepping in and making this a day — minor-league baseball has been doing this and having a lot of success with it, and I think moving the needle. That’s what it’s really about, moving the needle forward.”
If there are holdouts in wearing the Pride garb, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he will discuss the matter with those who do.
“The best example was last year,” Kapler said. “We’ll handle it by ensuring that we have all the conversations that are necessary leading up to the day and trust that those conversations will lead to the full-fledged support of our players and staff.”
Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider will throw out the first pitch and Dale Scott, who retired in 2017 as the only openly gay umpire in the league’s history, will participate in the delivering the lineup card.
“It is really important that everybody feels welcome and wanted and appreciated. And that is absolutely true for the LGBTQ+ community. We’re going to do everything in our power to ensure that that feeling of being welcomed is really evident in our ballpark,” Kapler said.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: San Francisco Giants expect full participation for Pride Night