By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com August 31 2011 2:15 PM ET
The Philadelphia Phillies, currently in first place in the National League East, and the Tampa Bay Rays have become the latest pro sports teams to release videos for the It Gets Better Project, designed to offer hope to LGBT young people who are being bullied or harassed.
The Phillies’ video features star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, along with second baseman Chase Utley, outfielders Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr., and pitcher Mike Stutes.
The Rays’ contribution has outfielder Johnny Damon discussing the severe stuttering problem he had as a youth and saying, “As you can see me now, it gets better.” Also in the video are outfielders B.J. Upton and Sam Fuld, second baseman Sean Rodriguez, and manager Joe Maddon.
The two join other Major League Baseball franchises that have made videos for the campaign: the Seattle Mariners, who included athletes from other Seattle pro sports teams in their video as well as members of the baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the San Francisco Giants.
Watch the Phillies’ and Rays’ videos here and on the following page.