Giants first team to join anti-homophobia effort


Giants first team to join anti-homophobia effort


The Giants broke new ground Wednesday in the field of social equality and tolerance by becoming the first professional sports team to join the It Gets Better Campaign.

The team released a video message directed to LGBT youth. The video also speaks out against bullying and hatred in our society, and underscores the Giants' commitment to that stance.

The team's video features Matt Cain, Sergio Romo, Andres Torres and Barry Zito, along with and hitting coach Hensley Bam Bam Muelens and delivers the It Gets Better message in English, Spanish and Japanese.

The video can be viewed at and at itgetsbetter.orgsfgiants.

The message opens with Barry Zito saying, "We all know how difficult life can be as a teenager. ''

It then segues to Sergio Romo, who adds, "We've all been there and have had to deal with the pressure to fit in and be accepted by our peers.

Matt Cain caps the message with these words: ''It's particularly challenging for LGBT teens who face adversity and intolerance in their daily lives."

The message is clear: There's no place for hatred or bullying, and people who are victimized by that must not give up hope.

Meulens is particularly poignant, telling kids that, "You have an amazing future in front of you."

The video concludes with a multilingual message, spoken by the players and coach: ''It gets better.''

Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Kevin Durant continues to speak his mind on social media.

The user "PATisDOPE" (has over 233,000 followers) tweeted the following:

"How you gonna defend Harden and Paul, the West is looking great I hate Golden State."

Kevin Durant channeled his inner Steph Curry, and responded with 10 "crying-because-I'm-laughing-so-hard" emojis.

The reason for the original tweet is because the Clippers and Rockets agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston.

[RELATED: Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc]

There's no doubt that the Rockets got better on Wednesday, but it's probably going to take a little time for Harden and Paul -- ball-dominant point guards -- to figure things out.

Ultimately, Houston's offense is going to be a handful.

And in case you were curious, "PATisDOPE" loves Durant but is not a fan of Draymond Green:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP