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Baseball player’s girlfriend buys up and donates ticket for LGBT Pride Night

Naith Payton April 1, 2015

When some Oakland Athletics season ticket holders objected to the night, Eireann Dolan had the best repsonse…

Ms Dolan, who is the girlfriend of Oakland Athletics’ pitcher, Sean Doolittle, said she was dismayed to see people objecting to the team’s decision to host an LGBT Pride game in July. She wrote an open letter to season ticket holders, asking them to sell their tickets to her so she could donate them to a local LGBT group. She also encouraged other fans to do the same, so the stands would be full for the game.

She promised to buy as many tickets as she could from her own pocket, and Mr Doolittle then said he would also buy as many as she did.

In a blog post, she mentioned her two mothers and why they had inspired her to help out.

“Many people don’t know this about me, but I have two moms. My biological mom Kathy and her partner Elise are both die-hard A’s fans as well as super gay.

“My moms are begrudgingly living in San Diego as transplants amongst all of the San Diego Padres fans. The team the Athletics will play (and beat) on Pride Night? The San Diego Padres. This night was made for them. In fact I’m starting to suspect that the Athletics focus-grouped this event idea with just my two moms and nobody else.

“However, as soon as the Athletics announced the LGBT Pride Night event on social media, I was saddened to read some of the replies about their decision to have a night of inclusion for the LGBT community.

“Many season ticket holders (certainly not all of them) indicated a desire to sell their tickets to that game so that they wouldn’t have to attend. So that gave me an idea.”

She then went on to say, in her letter to season ticket holders:

“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. And I have the perfect buyer. ME!

“If you’d like to sell your tickets, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked.

“From there, I will donate any tickets I purchase 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 win-win.”

More: baseball, bay area, California, oakland athletic, US

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