Five San Francisco Giants – pitchers Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Sergio Romo, centerfielders Andres Torres, and batting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens – are featured in an It Gets Better video that reaches out to troubled gay teens.

Standing in the Giants' ballpark, Zito kicks off the 58-second video.

“We all know how difficult life can be for a teenager,” Zito says. “We've all been there and had to deal with the pressure to fit in and be accepted by our peers,” Romo continues. “It's particularly challenging for LGBT teens who face adversity and intolerance in their daily lives,” Cain adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The It Gets Better Project begun by gay activist Dan Savage has received enormous support from Hollywood, the business community and leading Democrats, including President Barack Obama. The campaign encourages gay teens to not cave in to bullies, because life eventually gets better.

The Giants announced last month that they would participate in the campaign, making the organization the first professional sports team to do so.