Sunday should be a proud day for Major League Baseball.
In a show of support for the Seattle community, the Mariners will be flying the rainbow gay pride flag at Safeco Field during Sunday’s game with the Chicago Cubs.
Per reports, Seattle will be the first MLB franchise in history to fly the gay pride flag at its ballpark during a game. The display of the flag coincides with the 39th annual Seattle Pride Parade, which is also scheduled to take place on Sunday.
The decision has nothing to do with recent Supreme Court decisions on the polarizing issue of gay marriage. The timing of Seattle’s parade and the Mariners’ display is completely coincidental.
Rebecca Hale, director of public information for the Mariners, explained the club’s decision to Q13 TV in Seattle:
“We’re part of this community. Our fans are a reflection of our community. We though this was an appropriate gesture on a day that is very meaningful to the LGBT community.”
The flag will fly along with the American flag and flags representing each American League team, which is standard practice at Safeco.
Seattle’s is just another step toward acceptance of the LGBT community in sports that was highlighted earlier this year when NBA center Jason Collins came forward as the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American sport.