'Love is love': Sean Doolittle shows off special Pride Month cleats


In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle unveiled on Twitter special rainbow cleats to show his support. 

The shoes are mostly red with multiple rainbow stripes across the front. And eventually, the left-handed pitcher will auction the shoes off to benefit SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that specifically supports LGBTQ youth.

Doolittle wrote in the first of three tweets:

To my LGBTQ friends and family - we love you, support you, and we’re grateful for you. I’m proud to celebrate and stand with you because everyone deserves to feel safe and free to be who they are and to love who they love. Love is love.

Doolittle also shared some of his feelings about Pride Month in a short Twitter thread. In addition to expressing his support for the LGBTQ community, he said he's "grateful" that the Nationals and other teams around the league are creating an inclusive environment for baseball fans. 


The Nationals' "Night OUT" is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 when Washington takes on the Chicago White Sox in the first of a two-game series this week. By purchasing a specific ticket to the game, fans will receive a t-shirt commemorating the night. $5 from every ticket sold will to go TeamDC, according to the Nats.

This is far from the first time Doolittle has shown his support for the LGBTQ community. Notably last season, he wore a "Love Wins" t-shirt during the All-Star Game parade, and he's tweeted about it multiple times in the past.