BOSTON — Shortly after former Celtics big man Jason Collins revealed that he’s gay, the Red Sox invited him to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. On Thursday, Collins took them up on the offer.
Collins threw out the first pitch at Fenway before Thursday’s Red Sox-Rangers game. John Farrell caught Collins’ ceremonial first pitch, and the Red Sox skipper said that the invitation is a reflection of the franchise’s openness.
“This is an opportunity for us as an organization — we respect his courage and we respect his choices and this is an opportunity to showcase that,” Farrell said. “At the time that this was a possibility of coming out, we had said that we are an organization that embraces all and I think that this is a small way of showing that.”
Collins tweeted about the opportunity earlier in the day on Thursday, asking his followers whether he should go out of the stretch or the windup when delivering his pitch. They must have responded with windup, because that’s exactly what Collins did.
Good to be back in Boston! Can't wait to throw out the 1st pitch tonight at the #RedSox game. Should I go out of the stretch or the wind up?—
Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) June 06, 2013