Fresh off the release of his debut country song, Bryan Ruby heads to New York this week to continue efforts in making Major League Baseball more diverse and inclusive.
Ruby, founder of the organization Proud To Be in Baseball, is slated to throw out the first pitch at the June 17 game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. The game is designated Montclair, New Jersey Pride Night.
Ruby, a journeyman infielder, came out last year against the advice of his baseball advisor. He got three offers after the announcement and decided to start Proud To Be in Baseball to serve as a support and advocacy organization for LGBT representation at the ballpark at the high school, college and professional levels.
Last week, Ruby was quick to counter opinions expressed by five Tampa Bay Rays players who refused to wear a rainbow-colored Pride patch on their uniforms for pride night. The players objected on religious grounds with pitcher Jason Adams declaring Jesus would not want him to encourage “that behavior.”
Ruby called the remarks “sad and infuriating,” telling reporters it only reinforces a regressive “don’t ask, don’t tell” culture in America’s national pastime.
Meanwhile, Ruby’s first country song, Left Field, was released on Spotify June 8.