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Jason Collins Throws Out First Pitch at Red Sox Game: VIDEO


NBA player Jason Collins threw out the first pitch at last night's Red Sox - Texas Rangers matchup, which the Sox won 3-0. It was also Pride night, a fact that irked local hate group MassResistance, as we reported yesterday.

Sports Illustrated reports:

The 7-foot center was greeted with a nice applause when the PA announcer read the opening of the SI article: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Wearing a Red Sox jersey with the No. 98 on the back, Collins threw out the first pitch to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Before walking to the mound, Collins posed for pictures on the field with fans, who were also being honored for various other achievements, and a few Red Sox employees.

When the PA announcer said, "We welcome this courageous leader," he was also given a nice hand.


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  1. Duh, of course. This is Massachusetts, the cradle of liberty and the cornerstone of gay marriage. It's all good and generally the populace is supportive. The sky didn't fall and the institute of marriage among the breeders didn't crumble... Gay professional sports players ? Come out, come out, wherever you are !

    Posted by: norseman | Jun 7, 2013 7:34:36 AM

  2. All this is a non-issue here in Boston. People here are generally very blase about gay civil rights issues. There's nothing remotely approaching the hostility that exist elsewhere. I think it ultimately comes down to the prevalence, or lack thereof, of extremist evangelicals-pentecostals. Religion of any kind is simply not in your face here like is for example in much of the south and bible belt. We tend to be more similar to Canadians or western Europeans in this.

    That's not to say everything is perfect and it's one big love fest, absolutely not. Life is just easier here for gay people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 7, 2013 7:52:58 AM

  3. I realize this is an odd bone to pick, but the Sox won 6-3 on a walk off three run homer by David Ortiz.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 7, 2013 9:16:50 AM

  4. Awesome for Jason, for LGBT folk in Boston and for the Red Sox! Even if I'm a Yankee fan.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 7, 2013 10:04:42 AM

  5. Go Sox!

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jun 7, 2013 10:25:37 AM

  6. Baseball is even more boring than football, but not as boring as golf.

    When are we going to get with it and have pro-soccer in the US? Even more hilarious, would be watching our steroidal football players trying to play soccer. I think they would be exhausted in five minutes.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 7, 2013 2:55:26 PM

  7. I love my city, this is why.

    Posted by: NE Rich | Jun 8, 2013 12:29:03 AM

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