Rays of darkness

Five players remove Pride patches from jerseys, hide behind religion

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Bigotry is on full display in Tampa Bay.
Bigotry is on full display in Tampa Bay.
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Remember, not so long ago, that one of the reasons it was thought the Colorado Rockies couldn’t win is because the whole organization was dead set on being a weird religious cult? That’s quieted down in recent years, and it just turns out they’re more of a run of the mill, backward, nepotism lousy group of morons. But don’t worry MLB, you’ve got a new team that’s apparently warriors for Christ that’s limiting the appeal of your game!

On Saturday, the Rays tried to boost their Pride Night by having rainbow patches on their jerseys and hats. Five players removed them, citing their religious beliefs, which as George Carlin has told us is always the last place to turn for someone with no answers and no ideas but needs a shield from rightly being called a bigot. They’re under the impression it’s a get-out-of-being-thought-hateful card.

Jason Adam was apparently chosen to be the spokesman for the Rays Block of Hate, trying to mealy mouth his way to threading a needle that doesn’t exist that makes it OK to hate gays without feeling like you hate gays. Adam tried to claim that he doesn’t look down on the LGBTQ+ community and that they’re still welcome, but of course he wouldn’t do the actual thing that would make it seem like those two things were true. All while parading out the usual drivel that’s around “hate the sin but love the sinner” horseshit.


It’s not much of a surprise, as we know there’s a decent swath of MLB players who are corn-fed mules that wave a Bible at any building over four stories tall for encroaching too close to their lord. It doesn’t matter what the belief is in the very vacant space between your ears, when you talk about homosexuailty as a “lifestyle,” or “choice,” it’s apparent that one, you don’t get it, and two, you do actually discriminate against them. You can bet that wingnuts like Adam would criticize other religions for their treatment of any number of groups like women or gays, as well, but when it comes to Christianity it’s always a cover for people like him. Didn’t seem to bother any of the USMNT players yesterday as all the numbers on their jerseys for their friendly against Uruguay were rainbow colored.

If Rob Manfred had any stones he’d punish the Rays in some fashion, but he’s probably as terrified of angering baseball’s (ever aging and ever shrinking) meathead quotient in their fandom as much as he is doing anything that doesn’t actively kill interest in the game.


Here’s something that might bake the noodle of Adam and his cohorts in ignorance. Given what we know about Jesus’s “lifestyle,” — no wife, hung out with a bunch of dudes, but was also friends with prostitutes, I’ll give you 3-1 that Jesus was gay.

Sure, having players forced to wear rainbow patches on their jersey and hat isn’t really that much of a show of support, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the juxtaposition of some players wearing them and some not and then having to address it through an empty vessel like Adam that makes it clear the Rays don’t really care to make the LGBTQ+ community welcome.


But hey, baseball is America’s pastime, so it tells us more and more desperately with each passing year. So it should reflect our slide into a minority-driven theocracy we’ll soon all be ruled by.