Chills! Minor League Baseball Player Comes Out To Teammates On Pride Night — And Then Steals The Show During The Game!

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This is pride, y’all!

Sean Conroy, a professional baseball player with the Sonoma Stompers, a team in Sonoma, California that plays in the Pacific Association had an AHmazing day last week!

First, he came out prior to the team’s Pride Night — the first openly gay player in the history of professional baseball!

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Then, that night, he threw a shut out and struck out eleven batters in Sonoma’s victory! Um, SLAY!!!

The Stompers posted on Twitter to commemorate the event:

Hug. It. Out.

Because he’s a bad-ass, Conroy was casual about the whole coming-out-and-then-dominating-on-the-field thing:

“It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am. I am definitely surprised that no one else has been openly gay in baseball yet. I’ve always played baseball because it was fun and I loved the sport. Being gay doesn’t change anything about the way I play or interact with teammates. I hope that in leading by example, more LGBT youth will feel confident to pursue their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.”

Preach!!!

Conroy’s teammates took it a step further and rocked rainbow arm bands and socks to show their support for him, too:

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So. Cool.

It’s incredible to see athletes coming out and being accepted — just another point of progress in a long march towards equality!

[Image via Sonoma Stompers/Twitter.]

Jun 29, 2015 1:31pm PDT

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