Anyone familiar with minor league baseball teams knows they often have fun promotions just about every night to keep the fans engaged. We’re talking speed dating night, toilet seat cushion night, and a 'Nobody Night' held by the Yankees Class-A affiliate Charleston Riverdogs back in 2002 where fans were purposefully locked out of the stadium until the fifth inning, therefore resulting in the official attendance being zero.
Yeah, so you can see continually coming up with these things can be stressful and, not surprisingly, there are sometimes a few bad stinkers like the recent mother of all backfires, the Ogden Raptors, scheduled August 11th promotion "Hourglass Appreciation Night" which promised to display "gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!"
Um—yeah, that press release was came down off the team website Monday night and was replaced by this statement yesterday.
"The Ogden Raptors regret that an unauthorized press release was disseminated over the weekend announcing a promotion that was not approved or scheduled by club ownership or management. This promotion will not take place and steps have been put in place to ensure this will not happen again. The Ogden Raptors offer a sincere apology to anyone who was offended by the promotion itself and the contents of the press release, and in no way supports or condones the objectification of women. It is not reflective of the values of the Ogden Raptors, Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Pioneer Baseball League or Minor League Baseball."
I don’t even want to know what the men were going to be asked to do on “Fastball night.”