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NY Mets will host an LGBT Pride Night this season

Daniel Murphy Vocalizes Disagreement with the 'Gay Lifestyle'


By JOHN DORN

Over recent years, a number of MLB teams have hosted "Pride Nights" for the LGBT communities in their respective areas -- with the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers among them. To this point, no professional New York sports team had put on such an event.

The New York Mets are about to change that.

The defending National League champions will host a Pride Night at some point this season, according to the New York Post.

SEE ALSO: Mets' Jenrry Mejia permanently suspended by MLB

"I'm proud to be making this announcement," said David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network. "As a lifelong Met fan, and two, we get to beat the Yankees on this."

The Mets have honored different communities in the past at Citi Field and Shea Stadium, with annual Noche Latinas and Jewish Heritage Nights. Kilmnick anticipates upwards of 5,000 LGBT fans will be in attendance, and a portion of the ticket sales will go to the LGBT Network's anti-bullying programs.

The news comes almost exactly a year after then-Mets infielder Daniel Murphy publicly spoke out against the LGBT community, saying that he could eventually accept having a gay teammate, but that he "disagree[s] with the lifestyle, 100 percent."

Murphy has since joined the rival Washington Nationals.

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29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.

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23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.

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22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.

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21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?

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19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.

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