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Blue Jays Anthony Bass to catch ceremonial first pitch on Pride Weekend

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The spotlight on the Anthony Bass controversy will no doubt get off to a rousing start when Pride Weekend kicks off on Friday night at the Rogers Centre.

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As part of his ongoing repentance from his sharing of an anti-LGBTQ+ post last week, Bass has been chosen to be the catcher for the ceremonial first pitch Friday night at the Rogers Centre when the Jays face the Minnesota Twins.

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Bass will receive the pitch from leZlie Lee Kam a prominent awareness activist.

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Bass, who was booed roundly when he made his first appearance after sharing the video on May 29, has apologized for creating a distraction to his team, but on Thursday said he will “stand by his personal beliefs.”

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The Jays have been elusive in their handling of the ensuing controversy and will put the source of it in the immediate spotlight of what is usually a celebratory weekend for the team.

The team’s fourth annual Pride Weekend celebrations include involvement from various LGBTQ+ organizations in the community and a Blue Jays Rainbow Flag Jersey giveaway to the first 15,000 fans arriving at the Rogers Centre.

As well, the team will hand out “Everyone is Welcome Here” Pride stickers at all Rogers Centre doors.

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