Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Don't Be Idiots, Folks

OK, you'll notice that the "Comments" section in the post from earlier today has been removed...whichever Anonymous poster, friend or foe, threw my boss' name on there, that shit is not cool. You got a fuckin' dart in your neck. Just because J-Mulgrew has no fear about getting caught writing dumb shit on the World Wide Web don't mean I do too (and no offense, Jason, you know I love your shit, but your albeit hilarious blog will be your own personal Marv Albert and bite you in the ass, right?).

Anyhoo, acrimony pointed at anonymous posters aside, here's the story of the day, courtesy of my boy Lukas:

Minor league baseball employee fired after cracking gay jokes during ballgame

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The public address announcer for the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Atlantic League was fired and the scoreboard operator resigned after poking fun at Gov. James E. McGreevey's sexual orientation.

Announcer Greg Maiuro dedicated a between-innings rendition of the song "YMCA" to McGreevey during a game on Aug. 17, less than a week after New Jersey's governor announced that he had had an extramarital affair with a man and would resign. The 1970s hit song by the Village People is widely considered a gay anthem.

The following night, scoreboard operator Marco Cerino posted the message "Sponsored by Gov. Jim McGreevey" on the scoreboard when the song was played. Cerino resigned over the incident, the team said.

"Any time anyone speaks representing the Surf, they have to understand that we don't politicize," said team co-owner Frank Boulton. "It's not our place to do so. And it's just
disrespectful."

The men left their jobs Monday.

"I was told what I did was wrong," Maiuro said. "I can see where you don't want to mix politics and baseball. I would have been willing to apologize."

4 Comments:

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Jason Mulgrew said...

Layin' the smack down!

I don't think my blog would be my own personal Marv Albert...as long I don't divulge any confidential information or names, I should be ok.

At least that's what I tell myself.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Allright, keep tellin' yourself that. A simple Google search by a potential employer might be a problem, though...that's all I'm sayin'.

Anyway, smacketh hath been laid down.

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

UPDATE ON THE BASEBALL/MCGREEVEY STORY:

TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. James E. McGreevey on Thursday urged a minor league baseball team to rehire an announcer fired after making a joke about the governor's sexual orientation.

In a news release issued by the governor's office, McGreevey thanked the owners of the Atlantic City Surf for their sensitivity and said he appreciates "their desire to separate politics from baseball."

"However, an apology from the announcer should be enough of a response to what was perhaps an unfortunate lapse in judgment," McGreevey said.

The statement was McGreevey's first publicly made, albeit indirect, reference to the substance of his stunning announcement earlier this month that he is gay and had an affair with a man. The governor plans to resign Nov. 15.

The team fired announcer Greg Maiuro after he dedicated a between-innings rendition of the song "YMCA" to McGreevey during an Aug. 17 game. The 1970s hit song by the Village People is widely considered a gay anthem.

"I urge the Atlantic City Surf to reconsider their decision and rehire the announcer so we can move beyond this incident and get back to enjoying America's favorite pastime," McGreevey said.

The night after Maiuro's public-address announcement, scoreboard operator Marco Cerino posted the message "Sponsored by Gov. Jim McGreevey" on the scoreboard when the same song was played. Cerino resigned, and the governor's statement Thursday made no reference to him.

A team spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

 
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