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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty rips Rays on gay pride patch


At least one top MLB pitcher wasn’t thrilled with the Tampa Bay Rays players’ decision not to wear rainbow-colored logos for the club’s “Pride Night.” team on Saturday.

Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty shared his thoughts on Twitter after Rays pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson refused to wear the Pride logo on their uniforms, saying he it was a “faith-based decision”.

“Absolute joke,” Flaherty tweeted.

Jalen Beeks with regular Rays uniform
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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty rips Rays on gay pride patch
Jason Adam of the Tampa Bay Rays
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Adam, who spoke on behalf of the group of five, tried to justify the decision by saying “a lot of it comes down to faith,” in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

“It’s a tough decision,” Adam said. “Because at the end of the day, we’ve all said what we want is for them to know that everyone is welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided it was just a lifestyle that maybe – not that they looked down on anyone or thought differently – it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus , who encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from this behavior, just like [Jesus] encourages me as a heterosexual man to abstain from sex outside the bounds of marriage. It’s no different.

“It’s not a judgement. It’s not looking down. It’s just how we feel about the lifestyle he encouraged us to live, for our sake, not to hold back. But again, we love these men and women, we care about them, and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.

Flaherty, however, did not believe it.

Kevin Kiermaier, a veteran Rays outfielder who wore the patch, told The Times he wanted to foster a culture of inclusivity at the team’s stadium.

Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty rips Rays on gay pride patch
Drew Rasmussen with Pride logo on Rays hat
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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty rips Rays on gay pride patch
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty
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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty rips Rays on gay pride patch
A detail of the Tampa Bay Rays Pride exploded logo celebrating Pride Month
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“My parents taught me to love everyone as they are, go live your life, whatever your preferences, be yourself,” Kiermaier said. “I can’t speak for everyone here, obviously, but it’s a family environment here on a big league ballpark… We just want everyone to feel welcomed and included and cheer us on. It doesn’t matter what you think of anything.

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