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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Image taken from the video in keeping with the spirit of the It Gets Better project, no infringement intended.

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Lacy Loar
Lacy Loar4 years ago

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

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Joslynne Davidson

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

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


Douglas S.
Douglas S.4 years ago

Thanks for the info!

Wayne M.
Wayne M.4 years ago

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

Tami Kennedy
Tami Kennedy4 years ago

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.

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago


Ellen Mccabe
ellen m.4 years ago

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!