As if an unexpectedly scorching start that landed them the second-best record in baseball wasn’t enough, the San Francisco Giants just showed the rest of MLB how Pride month is done.
The Giants announced via the team’s Twitter account that they will be taking the field this Saturday, June 5, wearing an SF Pride logo patch on their uniform sleeves.
And to top that off, Giants players will also be wearing commemorative caps featuring the colors of the Progress Pride and Transgender Pride flags within their iconic interlocking SF logo.
#PRIDE pic.twitter.com/FOgmex88Lg— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 1, 2021
Until this point, Giants jerseys evoking pride in San Francisco mostly revolved around the numbers 24 and 28. With this announcement, the Giants have become the first team in baseball history to wear the colors of the Pride flag on their on-field uniforms during a game, and doing it intertwined with their log.
The Giants are no strangers to setting new precedents for sartorially supporting the community, previously incorporating the AIDS red ribbon into their jerseys as part of the annual Until There’s a Cure Day promotion.
Now they’re following examples from teams in other major sports leagues by incorporating the colors of Pride into uniforms.
In 2017, for example, the NWSL’s appropriately named Orlando Pride wore rainbow numbers for a 2017 match during June. In 2020, the OL Reign joined in and added their own Pride numerals.
Similarly, MLS’s Minnesota United took the pitch in 2018 sporting rainbow jersey numbers. Making this promotion extra meaningful was that Minnesota’s roster that season included Collin Martin, who had come out as gay.
US Soccer has also taken rainbow numerals national with both the USMNT and USWNT wearing them during June 2017 friendly matches.
The Giants are bringing the rainbow to the forefront making it part of their cap insignia. While black and orange are prominent parts of the Progress Pride flag, baseball fans will soon see that the SF emblem looks even better with nine additional colors.