10/19/12 10:00 AM ET
Baseball goes purple for GLAAD's 'Spirit Day'
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
In support of "Spirit Day," all 30 clubs are joining forces with players and fans to raise anti-bullying awareness and show those affected that they have help ... lots of it.
You'll see the signs everywhere. For example, the profile pictures of @MLB and all official team Twitter accounts will have purple outlines, and you'll see a purple hue on official MLB Facebook and Instagram pages. #Postseason and #SpiritDay go hand-in hand.
A special video page on MLB.com was launched to showcase all of the club public-service announcements made recently, reflecting the game's ongoing support of anti-bullying. We're talking Prince Fielder-batting-behind-Miguel Cabrera kind of support.
"Bullying has many faces, but so do those that can help," Twins catcher Joe Mauer said. "So tell someone. Tell a parent, friend or teacher. Because people care. I care. When we face bullying together, it can only get better. Stay strong, because with help, there is hope."
"Bullying is not just a phase," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "And it's not just messing around. It causes serious and lasting harm."
Millions of Americans from all walks of life have displayed the color purple on Spirit Day (each Oct. 19) the past two years to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by Vancouver teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the bullied young people who had taken their own lives.
If you need someone to talk to, visit itgetsbetter.org or call The Trevor Project at 866-4-U-TREVOR. If you want to join in, help plaster the day in purple and spread the word.
"There's nothing easy about being young ... but something you should never experience is being bullied," Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay said. "Let all LGBT young people know that life gets better."
"We all know how difficult life can be for a teenager," A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy said. "We've all been there and have had to deal with the pressure to fit in and to be accepted by our peers in society."
Late this season, White Sox players Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez visited the General Wood Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. Michael Barba, a youth in that club, said after the visit, "I learned to never give up, speak up, don't bother any kids, respect someone so they'll respect me."
"We're united by laughing, playing and knowing we're all one," Ramirez said. "It's also important for me because I have three kids. So I can take what I learned here and teach them at home."
Front offices and coaching staffs are involved as well as players.
"We know it can get really tough. I've been there," Cubs board member Laura Ricketts said. "So many of us have been there. And we can promise you, it does get better. Talk to someone who understands."
"We speak for the entire Pirates organization when we say there is no place in society for hatred and bullying against anyone," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Remember, you are not alone and it will get better."