Queer New Yorkers hopped on the 7 Train to Flushing this month to watch the Mets take on — and beat — the St. Louis Cardinals in the annual Pride Night game.
In the latest annual edition of a Mets tradition that first originated in 2016, this year’s Pride Night game on June 16 included a complimentary rainbow-colored fan with a Mets logo. Mets fans who were perched in seats around the stadium donned rainbow-colored Mets hats, shirts, and other attire to show their Pride.
Mets players also joined in on the Pride festivities, with several stars — including Francisco Lindor and Mark Canha — donning their own T-shirts with Mets logos draped in colors of the Rainbow Flag.
“Pride Night and Pride Month is just a really important and fun time for me personally,” Canha, a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community, said in a Twitter video posted by the Mets. “I think Pride Night is really fun and festive and I love celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.”
The game itself was the focal point of Pride Night, but several celebrities also made appearances. Actor and comedian Matt Rogers threw out the first pitch, while drag performer Jan Sport of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” sang the National Anthem. Bryan Ruby, a country singer and out baseball player who founded a non-profit called Proud to Be in Baseball, performed “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. DJ and promoter Ty Sunderland starred as the guest DJ of the night.
Proceeds from the game benefitted the LGBT Network, which serves the queer community in Long Island and Queens.
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