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Tampa Bay Rays: It Gets Better (VIDEO)

Tampa Bay Rays: It Gets Better (VIDEO)


The Tampa Bay Rays have recorded a video for the It Gets Better project to tell LGBT teens and all bullied youth that life will get better and there is support out there.

Players of the Tampa Bay Rays including Johnny Damon , B.J. Upton, Sam Fuld, Sean Rodriguez and manager Joe Maddon make appearances in the video, with Johnny Damon speaking from personal experience how he was bullied as a kid for a stutter, and how he overcame that.

This puts the Tampa Bay Rays among at least nine Major League Baseball teams to have either committed to recording or have completed an “It Gets Better” video.

Watch the Tampa Bay Rays’ contribution below:

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11:51AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Just one more reason we LOVE our Tampa Bay Rays!!!!

5:59PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:15PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

How about 'it IS better NOW'. It gets better is ok but we need to make it better now.

9:02AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

8:58AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011


8:28AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thanks for the info!

7:16AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Glad to see athletes and sports leaders involved in this project! Good for them!

6:20AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

I love seeing each new video that comes out showing an ever-expanding responsible population in the US. It is not amazing that any of the republican candidates haven't made one.

6:00AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011


5:31AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

I am so proud to have Dan Savage from our favorite paper "the Stranger" start this project and get so many involved, really making a difference for the better...we love you Dan!

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