The Oakland Athletics announced that they will be hosting their first Pride Night on June 17, inviting fans to cheer on the A's with rainbow wrist bands, special ticket prices and a tribute to the life of the Major League's first openly gay player, Glenn Burke.
But the announcement of the LGBTQ baseball night didn't sit well with season ticket holders.
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When Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend found out that ticket holders were trying to sell their seats for that game, they decided to purchase all of the empty seats themselves.VoteOver/under: How will all 30 MLB teams do in 2016?
Doolittle's girlfriend Eireann Dolan explained in a blog post that the event hit home, as she grew up with two openly gay mothers.
"Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs and as long as nobody is getting hurt, I'm happy," she wrote. "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."
Dolan went on to explain that the fans' negative response to the A's decision to devote a night to the LGBTQ community "saddened" her.
"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," Dolan wrote. "And I have the perfect buyer. ME!"
Although Dolan's blog post expressed disappointment with the overall response to Pride Night, she explained that she wouldn't judge anyone for their decision to sell their tickets. Instead, she hopes to purchase all unwanted Pride Night tickets at face value and plans to donate them all 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 a win-win," she wrote.