Tim Livingston, Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting
The Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club – presented by Virginia Dare Winery - will once again be honoring LGBTQ Pride ahead of the celebrations in Northern California this year when they host “Out At The Ballpark” on Friday, June 17.
The Stompers will host the Vallejo Admirals that night at 6 p.m., and much like last year’s game against the Admirals, this particular promotional evening will have a special ring to it.
Stompers pitcher Sean Conroy, who as a rookie became professional baseball’s first-ever active openly gay player, is scheduled to start at “Out At The Ballpark,” almost a year to the day after his historic outing during last season’s “Pride Night” on June 25, 2015.
The Clifton Park, NY native went the distance that night, throwing a three-hit shutout against the Admirals with 11 strikeouts. His teammates wore rainbow-colored socks and armbands in support, and after the final out, the celebration included the now iconic hug between Conroy and catcher Isaac Wenrich.
Memorabilia from the game now resides at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and this past offseason, Conroy ran into Wenrich while visiting the exhibit. Wenrich is now starring for the Florence Freedom in the Frontier League.
The game is the beginning of an eventful weekend series for the Stompers, as the team will also have a Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 19, making it another great weekend to watch some baseball at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at StompersBaseball.com, and can also be purchased at the Arnold Field Box Office 30 minutes before any home game. For more information, call (707) 938-7277, or email the team at info@StompersBaseball.com.