Baseball just got brighter.
This Saturday, fans of the San Francisco Giants will get a multicolored treat to the tune of commemorative uniforms.
As hailed by NBC Chicago, the Giants will “become (the) first MLB team with Pride Month hats (and) jerseys.”
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) June 2, 2021
In addition to the rainbow hats, players’ right sleeves will feature the new Pride logo’s 11 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, light blue, pink and white (the last three represent transgenderism).
For trivia buffs, the Pride flag’s seen various rainbow versions through the years.
As explained by Marie Claire, the first banner was created in the late ’70s by Gilbert Baker at the behest of gay politician Harvey Milk.
At the time, these were the meanings of the hues:
- violet = spirit
- indigo = serenity
- turquoise = magic/art
- green = nature
- yellow = sunlight
- orange = healing
- red = life
- hot pink = sex
That was eight colors, but “sex” ended up getting castrated:
Milk was assassinated in 1978, and demand for the flag increased as people wanted to show their support. Apparently Baker had trouble getting the pink color, so the flag began selling with seven colors instead.
Whatever ideas the new flag stands for, so do the Giants, and — as stated by club president and CEO Larry Baer — they’re full of Pride:
“We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Oregon’s Eugene Emeralds — the Giants’ farm team — is celebrating, too.
Back in 2019, the Emeralds made history themselves:
Every day we're honored to be an @SFGiants affiliate, but having been the first affiliated @MiLB team to wear custom #PRIDE jerseys back in 2019, today we feel just a liiittle more honored seeing this news 🥰
— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) June 1, 2021
The arena of sports has really taken to political and social stances.
And as for America’s great pastime:
Is there more flag-waving in baseball’s future?
I’d say it’s 100% possible.
And — per Marie Claire — in the world of Pride flags, there are just a few more:
- Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag
- QPOC Flag (Queer People of Color)
- Polyamory Flag
- Transgender Pride Flag
- Nonbinary Flag
- Genderqueer Flag
- Genderfluid/Genderflexible Flag
- Agender Flag
- Intersex Flag
- Lesbian Flag
- Lipstick Lesbian Flag
- Lesbian Labrys Flag
- Asexual Flag
- Bisexual Flag
- Pansexual Flag
- Demisexual Flag
- Polysexual Flag
- Aromantic Flag
- Pony Flag
- Bear Brotherhood Flag
- Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag
- Rubber Pride Flag (“Members of the rubber/latex fetish community have a flag to express their preferences and passion. Peter Tolos and Scott Moats created it in 1995 and say that black represents ‘our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber,’ red ‘our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen,’ and yellow ‘our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies.’ Also, there’s a kink in it—which totally makes sense, actually.”)
the best pride flag is the rubber/latex pride flag, second best is the leather pride flag pic.twitter.com/sO2UcVVpYS
— 𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒 𝕘𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕙 (@actual_anna) June 1, 2021
— Nick McGlynn (@nikku_man) July 8, 2017
— Snarky (@sfrubberboi) September 17, 2016
MLB, you’re gonna have to extend your season.
I can’t wait to see them slide in all that rubber.
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