Minor league team nixes ‘hourglass appreciation’
A minor-league ball club in Utah has nixed its planned “hourglass appreciation” promotion scheduled in August after critics said the gimmick was sexist and demeaning, USA Today reported Tuesday. The team has since apologized in a terse press release blaming the controversy on the dissemination of an “unauthorized press release.”
The Ogden Raptors, a single-A level club that is a farm team for the Los Angeles Dodgers, appears to have scrubbed their website of a controversial posting alerting fans to the Aug. 11 promotion sometime early Tuesday after the Salt Lake Tribune covered the story Monday evening.
The Raptors had promised fans the chance to take photos with 18 local beauties, each of whom would get a turn in the press box providing color commentary for half an inning, noted the Tribune. On Tuesday, the Raptors issued a statement expressing “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.”