Pitcher ‘Steps Up To The Plate’ For LGBT Night
This just wouldn't have happened 10 years ago.
When the Oakland A's baseball team announced prior to spring training that they would host an LGBT night on June 17, some season ticket holders and other Bay Area fans said they wouldn't go to the game. In response, A's pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend, have issued a personal guarantee that Oakland-Alameda Coliseum will be full that night.
Doolittle and his girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, have promised to buy every empty seat for LGBT Night in Oakland this June. Eireann, it seems, has two moms. She did not want to waste the perfect opportunity to support them.
From her blog:
Dear season ticket holders who wish to sell their tickets for LGBT Pride Night,
Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs and as long as nobody is getting hurt, I'm happy. I also can't stop you from selling your tickets. I won't tell you that you are wrong or that you are not allowed to think or act that way. We live in a free country, after all. You are free to think and say and do whatever you'd like...
So, A's fans; if attending a baseball game on LGBT Pride Night makes you at all uncomfortable, it is probably a good idea to sell your tickets. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!
If you'd like to sell your tickets to June 17th's LGBT Pride Night game, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked.
From there, I will donate any tickets I purchase to the Bay Area Youth Center's Our Space community for LGBTQ youth. That way you don't have to feel uncomfortable, and the seats don't go to waste. It's win-win. Please tweet at me (@EireannDolan) if you'd like to sell me your tickets. I'll purchase as many unwanted tickets as I can out of my own pocket. I also encourage other A's fans to do the same. Let's fill the stands that night!
Eireann and my hella gay moms
Doolittle and Dolan have also started a GoFundMe program to fill the stadium with any remaining tickets. Doolittle, has agreed to match any tickets she purchases.
This just wouldn't have happened 10 years ago. I am just happy that its happening today.