Liam Hendriks Made Sure The White Sox Had Pride Night Before Signing

Last Updated: Jun 28th 2022   Published: Jun 16th 2022   2 Min Read
Liam Hendriks Made Sure The White Sox Had Pride Night Before Signing
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Liam Hendriks, the Australian closer for the Chicago White Sox, is set to celebrate Pride this month on more than one occasion. Hendriks, who currently is on the injured list with a right forearm strain, shared how when he raised the Pride Flag last year, the reaction he got online was "horrendous."
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During the process of solidifying his contract with the White Sox last year in January, the relief pitcher Liam Hendriks added a request or question that had absolutely nothing to do with money or his deal. "It wasn’t a demand,” Hendriks said to The Athletic. “It was a simple question of, ‘Do you guys have a Pride Night?’ And if you don’t, that will be something that we need to look into working out, making sure that we can handle it, because I don’t want to go necessarily to a team that doesn’t do it.”
Hendriks shared that, “It’s something that I’ve believed in.” He continued saying, “The biggest thing is making sure that hopefully it starts more of a trend of other people willing to do it. And then the more people that are willing to do it, the more people are willing to come out publicly and say, ‘I’m fine with this.’ And I’m hoping it strengthens the resolve of those people who may be on the fence about coming out, that may be on the fence of telling family, friends, peers or teammates or anything like that and fully embrace that.”
Luckily for him, he will also be able to celebrate Pride Night for the 2nd time when the White Sox are in Anaheim (the week after Chicago's Pride Night game on the 23rd) for the Los Angeles Angels' Pride Night on June 28.
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