The Red Sox are celebrating Pride Night at Fenway Park on Friday.
According to the Red Sox’ website, “This flagship event of Pride Week will be the perfect way to celebrate equality and our community.” Pride Week wraps up Sunday. The Boston Pride Parade is Saturday, and the Red Sox have almost 50 front office staff and their families participating.
In the first state to allow same-sex marriage, the Red Sox have joined many organizations in Boston in embracing Pride affiliations and showing support for LGBTQ people and their rights.
But in Major League Baseball, Boston is in the minority. Only 13 teams — or 43 percent — have any kind of LGBTQ-related theme or promotional night for the 2017 season listed on their websites.
Seven teams will have Christmas-themed nights, be it for Christmas in June or Christmas in July. A few teams will celebrate different heritages, but more teams will celebrate fictional cultures than real ones. By the end of the regular season, though, most MLB teams will have played host to a “Star Wars” night or a “Game of Thrones” night.
In other words, if you attend an MLB game this year, you’re three times more likely to attend a game honoring Jedi than a game honoring teachers.
At Fenway Park Friday, a pregame ceremony will recognize officials from the Boston Pride Parade committee and members of the Gay Bowl XVII, and a pregame party for members of the LGBTQ community will be held on the right-field roof deck.