On Monday, the Texas Rangers faced criticism as they were the only team in Major League Baseball that had not organized a Pride Night. The absence of such celebrations drew attention and raised questions.
The organization's last Pride Night took place in 2003, but it was marred by significant backlash. Despite inviting LGBTQ+ groups to the stadium and honoring them, the event faced swift protests.
Amidst the scrutiny faced by the Los Angeles Dodgers for their handling of Pride Night festivities, individuals who are currently or formerly associated with the Rangers organization shared their perspectives on the team's approach.
"To the vast majority of fans, the Rangers' decision to buck the trend of celebrating sexuality is a breath of fresh air."
Texas remains the only team in baseball not to host an LGBTQ Pride Night.https://t.co/sOaCVAFHGH
— OutKick (@Outkick) June 18, 2023
"(The silence) is deafening," a former Rangers employee told The Athletic. "The fact of the matter is it’s a free marketing opportunity, it doesn’t cost them anything personally and they can boost revenue by looking inclusive. The fact that there hasn’t been one (for Texas), is the biggest ‘actions speak louder than words’ I’ve ever seen."
The ex-staff member further commented that it was merely a gesture a "bare minimum thing."
"The fact that there’s so much resistance is a huge point of contention, not just for the gay folks, but for everyone," the former employee said. "It was always something that bothered me greatly about the organization. They do a lot of things well, where they have all these other nights for different fans and cultures. The fact that they omit one group very clearly is just ridiculous."
According to a current Rangers employee who identifies as gay, they expressed to The Athletic that they believe the responsibility lies with team owner Ray Davis, as it sets the tone for the entire organization.
"When you have someone so opposed at the top, it creates this spillover effect that, even though most of the organization I think wants it to happen, or at least isn’t vehemently opposed to it, it’s just this dark cloud that’s signifying it’s OK to treat this group of people like s---," the person said.
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