The Yankees will honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting prior to first pitch tonight.
Joe Girardi and Rockies manager Walt Weiss will place a rainbow colored wreath at home plate to honor the 49 victims who were tragically killed at the Pulse nightclub, a gay club in Orlando, Fla., back in the early morning hours of June 12. The event is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Billy Bean, the MLB Ambassador For Inclusion, said the Yankees’ gesture is important because it will raise awareness for the LGBT community. Girardi, who has worn a shirt representing a different charity during his pre-game press conferences, chose to wear an “Orlando United” shirt when he addressed the media earlier today.
The Yankees will also hold a moment of silence to remember those that were lost.
Girardi wearing an “Orlando United” t-shirt at today’s pregame presser. pic.twitter.com/XwSbsAzSAh
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 21, 2016