ST. PETERSBURG — A video featuring members of the Tampa Bay Rays supporting young people who face antigay bullying has been posted online.
Manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton and Sean Rodriguez recorded the public service message, called "It Gets Better," before the Aug. 23 Rays-Tigers game at Tropicana Field. Eight other Major League Baseball teams have recorded similar messages since June, all designed to stem depression, isolation and suicide among gay and lesbian youths.
The campaign took root last September after several bullying-related suicides. The Rays video also features a section of fans standing up and yelling "It gets better."
The video can be viewed here.