Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GLBT pride celebrates "Night Out" at Nationals Park MLB baseball game (Nats get shut out)


This evening, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Capital Pride 2015 in Washington DC concluded with the “Nationals Night Out” party at the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Night Out had been coordinated in part by pitcher Max Scherzer's wife Erica May. (Scherzer tossed a one-hit shutout Sunday in Milwaukee during the Pride Festival.) 

The series was part of a “home-at-home” week between the American and National Leagues.  Tuesday night, the Nats had clobbered the Rays 16-4 in Tampa Bay. But tonight, the Rays shut out the Nats 5-0, scoring first with two solo home runs in the fourth inning.  The Nats mustered only two hits off three Tampa pitchers.

The “bar” behind the right field pavilion effectively became a gay bar for the evening. Many partygoers wore red Nats shirts, and many came from Nellie’s Sports Bar.

In the pre-game, a high school baseball player from Montgomery Blair was honored on the jumbo screen.

The Washington DC Gay Men’s Chorus sung the National Anthem a cappella. A uniformed (whites) Naval Detachment was present, which comports with the end of “don’t ask don’t tell” in 2011. 


Rain started in the seventh inning and people started to disperse.
 
Today, HRC has been tweeting that the Supreme Court decision on the marriage cases may be imminent (Thursday). 

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