For a minor league baseball team, there is no such thing as bad publicicty, so the Hudson Valley Renegades must have been loving this commotion caused by their “Ball-Less Baseball” night.
In fact, the commotion reached all the way to the pages of this week’s Sports Illustrated, in their ever popular “Sign of the Apocalypse” feature. But not for their promotion. Rather, it was for the County’s (over)reaction.
Officials in Dutchess County, N.Y., warned the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades that a planned ladies’ night promotion “violates the New York State Human Rights Law … and the [federal] guarantee to equal protection.”
The second lady from the left in the above photo is Staten Island Yankee’s assistant GM, Jean Afterman, and third from the left is Tyler Tumminia, of Hudson Valley’s ownership group (the promotion was her idea). Do they look worried to you?
And if you are curious, here is a photo gallery from the night.