Texas Rangers v Boston Red SoxWhen NBA center Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay athlete in pro sports, the city of Boston was one of the inspirations for his decision to come out. The Boston Marathon bombing and a Boston Gay Pride event really influenced his reasoning for not remaining silent. As reported by the Boston Herald,the former Boston Celtics center returned to Boston Thursday night and threw the ceremonial first pitch as part of “Pride Night” at Fenway Park.

The Boston Red Sox was one of the first teams to reach out and support Collins after he came out as gay. This was the organization’s way of further showing their support and also a lead in for the Gay Pride Parade taking place in the city on Saturday, June 8.

Manager John Farrell, who caught Collins’ pitch, felt it was an opportunity to showcase the “courage” showed by Collins and to show him that the team and city of Boston “respect his choices”.

After Collins came out the Red Sox organization released a statement of support on Tweeter.

The Red Sox tweeted: “We salute you @jasoncollins34 for your courage and leadership. Any time you want to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park, let us know.”

Collins took up the offer and will also be expected to participate in Boston Pride festivities this weekend in Boston.