The Mets aren’t the most embarrassing team in baseball right now.
The dishonor was amazingly stolen from them by a minor league team that planned to host a sexist “Hourglass Appreciation Night” later this season. The Ogden Raptors, a short-season rookie league affiliate of the Dodgers, scrapped the event, which was minor league in every sense.
The idea was to celebrate the fact that baseball is one of the few sports played without a clock during a game in August. But that’s about where the whole idea went straight off the rails.
“The home team hosts the Billings Mustangs, but the real thoroughbreds will join Raptors broadcaster A.P. Harreld in the booth,” according to a press release that was removed from the team’s site. “Since August is the eighth month of the calendar year, and an 8 looks tantalizingly similar to an hourglass, be there a better way to remind the world that baseball needs no clock than to feature 18 hourglass-shaped color commentators?”
The Raptors promised fans the opportunity to pose for pictures with the women, who were to spend a half-inning each in the broadcast booth with Harreld, the team’s broadcaster and director of media relations. “Well, at least the better-looking half of it!” the team said in the original release.
Minor league baseball has hosted its share of amusing promotions, like the Brooklyn Cyclones’ “Salute to Seinfeld Night” (complete with a second-spitter Roger McDowell bobblehead doll), and the Lowell Spinners’ “50th Anniversary Salute to Bubble Wrap.”
The “Hourglass Appreciation Night” has to be up there among the most offensive ideas hatched down on the farm. The Raptors play in the Pioneer League with the Orem Owlz, which two years ago scrapped the ill-advised “Caucasian Heritage Night,” complete with white bread for burgers and clips on the scoreboard from shows like “Friends” two years ago. Also among the cancelled festivities, the Owlz promised to “solve the vertical leaping challenge.”
The Raptors, selling red “Make Baseball Great’R Again” caps on its site, have not issued a public apology for the sexist stunt.