On 21 June, 2018, the San Francisco Giants professional baseball team held their 16th Annual LGBT Night Game. Three Gay Games loyalists were honored.
Left to right: Faham Zakariaei (S.F. Giants), Jim Hahn (bowling), Seth Shapiro (swimming), Rick Thoman (track & field)
In addition to the Giants winning the game, the evening featured several notable highlights:
- A pre-game performance on the field by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.
- The National Anthem sung beautifully by transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclaire.
- An in-game scoreboard salute to the local artists and athletes going to Paris in August for Gay Games 10.
One of the biggest highlights took place just before the game started. Three local members of an exclusive club were honored and given the chance to yell out "Play Ball" on the field. These three men are among a very small group of people who have participated in all 9 editions of the Gay Games since 1982 (and they're all going to Paris in August for Gay Games 10).
Honored at this baseball game were:
Jim Hahn (bowling)
Seth Shapiro (swimming)
Rick Thoman (track & field)
It was a great moment. Check out the video HERE to see their performance: