For Thursday night's game, the Boston Red Sox painted their logo rainbow on the pitcher's mound to show their support for the LGBT community, which created a strong backlash on their social media.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 7, 2018
Although many enjoyed the gesture of inclusion, the Red Sox had an avalanche of antigay comments on social media from fans who are angry the team hosted a Pride Night.
Disgusting ! Nice to see my favourite team conforming to the sin of the world. No more Red Sox for my family !!
— Talya Schwartz (@TalyaSchwartz) June 10, 2018
Not necessary. Nothing to be proud of here Red Sox. We don’t need rainbows on the pitchers mound.. what’s next rainbow uniforms? Rainbow home plate? Rainbow monster?
— Jon Rice (@Rice41Jon) June 7, 2018
Thought baseball was for real men
— Jake Sizemore (@UKFAN4L2) June 8, 2018
What is wrong with these people? Why are we celebrating what God calls an abomination?
— Wayne Barr (@rebelfan65) June 8, 2018
Some commenters called for a "Straight Pride Night," as if most nights in sports aren't for straight fans.
So we get a straight pride and acceptance night? Have to be equal and fair after all.
— Patrick Krawczynski (@Silverwolfheart) June 8, 2018
If so why is it not celebrated. But you missed the point why do I have to celebrate gay pride? Why do have to explain that a rainbow is does represent gay to my kids? The point is if you want to be gay be gay but don’t expect everyone to be gay ( meaning happy) with you.
— Paul Rinnander (@rinnander) June 8, 2018
So when is straight pride nite. https://t.co/ieFuE9oHYl
— MylastStand (@elton3145) June 8, 2018
When is Straight Pride month? This is discrimination at its finest. Why can't we be proud of following God's Laws?
— Nick LaMaster (@NLamaster) June 12, 2017
One poster even went as far to say, “Gentleman, the one safe haven we still had is gone. It was a good run but now it’s over. R.I.P. sport.”
However, many were proud of the show of solidarity with queer fans and athletes. They even trolled back.
I don't watch baseball but I might start watching the Red Sox now! #peace
— Rantdog.com (@Rantdog) June 7, 2018
This makes me SICK. Either you immediately hang a banner of two married men and women having missionary-style sex and switch out the rosin bags for rosary beads OR I AM DONE WITH BASEBALL
— Nick (@WeightRoomShoe) June 8, 2018
Not the kind of fan anyone needs. pic.twitter.com/Lu1ArR4AIO
— Katherine K (@KMKTweetsNow) June 11, 2018
Heteros can’t even make one night about anything other than themselves without crying
— Adrian (@adrianrosales) June 11, 2018
One socially conscious straight man put it best:
Thanks for doing this. All 4 inclusion. As a white straight male, the entire world is set up 4me. A Pride night or logo doesnt take away from anything and only lets other people know you support them. Pretty simple, people. It can b about baseball & Pride!!!
— Ryan O'Connor (@roconnor4444) June 8, 2018