Several Rays players break from organization's Pride Night logos, citing religious reasons

Most Rays players were wearing rainbow logos on their caps and sleeves. But the Tampa Bay Times noted that pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among those who didn’t wear the logos of support.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Jake Burger of the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning Saturday, 六月 4, 2022, 在圣. 彼得堡, 弗拉.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Jake Burger of the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning Saturday, 六月 4, 2022, 在圣. 彼得堡, 弗拉. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Adam made a statement on behalf of the players who opted out and cited religious beliefs.

A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision. So it’s a hard decision. 因为, 最终, we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here,” 他说, via the Tampa Bay Times.

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But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior. Just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.

The Tampa Bay Rays pride burst logo celebrating Pride Month during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field June 4, 2022, in St Petersburg, 弗拉.

The Tampa Bay Rays pride burst logo celebrating Pride Month during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field June 4, 2022, in St Petersburg, 弗拉. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

It’s not judgmental. It’s not looking down. It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s encouraged us to live, for our good, not to withhold. 但, 再次, we love these men and women, we care about them and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.

根据报纸, 的 Rays wanted full participation from all players but gave the option toopt in.

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Kevin Kiermaier told the Tampa Bay Times he wanted everyone who visits Tropicana Field to watch the team play tofeel welcomed and included and cheer us on.

Drew Rasmussen (57) of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Tropicana Field June 4, 2022, 在圣. 彼得堡, 弗拉.

Drew Rasmussen (57) of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Tropicana Field June 4, 2022, 在圣. 彼得堡, 弗拉. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Saturday marked the Rays’ 16th Pride Night. 的 San Francisco Giants have also held Pride Nights to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.

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