The Rocky Mountain Vibes, an independent league baseball team from Colorado Springs, canceled family night Friday. The cancellation was the result of pro-life groups bowing to pressure from a team sponsor who objected to their participation.
The Vibes scheduled their family night several months ago, according to one of the organizations previously confirmed to appear at Friday night’s game.
A vice president of Pikes Peak Citizens for Life reportedly told Fox News that the team emailed both groups just hours before the game. In their email, they informed the groups that they would not be allowed to participate:
“We are very disappointed. We have been working on it for several months. We are just very disappointed.
She continued, “It’s just a reflection of the culture we find ourselves in.”
Push for refunds
The other group, Save the Storks, revealed the decision was made at the request of UC Health, a hospital system that still requires masks to enter its facilities.
“We were thrilled when the Rocky Mountain Vibes team came to us and asked if we could partner up for Family Night. Now we are extremely disappointed and confused by this decision by the owners of the franchise and the owning company. of UCHealth Park,” Save the Storks President Diane Ferraro said in a statement. “UCHealth is a company that says it provides care for women and families but closes one night specifically for them.”
Ferraro also announced that its Family Home Evening promotion generated more than 3,000 ticket sales. After the team’s cancellation, she recommended anyone who purchased to support her organization request a refund and not attend the game:
“We encourage our supporters to seek refunds for their tickets and not attend an event that no longer welcomes families.”
For its part, the team released a statement in response:
“Rocky Mountain Vibes today pulled out of a partnership with an organization that was to sponsor tonight’s Friday Night Fireworks show. While we appreciate all of our sponsors and ticket holders, they do not make decisions regarding the nature of our post-game entertainment or groups coming to our stadium to raise awareness for their causes The Vibes made this decision after seeing the assets offered by the partner in question, as they felt the partner would hinder the team’s mission to provide fun and affordable family entertainment. Any statement blaming any outside party for the cancellation of tonight’s events is inaccurate. The Vibes made this decision internally and stand by their choice.
This statement is noteworthy for several reasons, not the least of which is the offensive suggestion that pro-life groups “impede the team’s mission to provide fun and affordable family entertainment.”
What are they thinking?
How on earth can anyone justify claiming that pro-life groups aren’t part of “family entertainment”? Would Planned Parenthood displaying pro-abortion material be considered “family entertainment?”
It’s a nonsensical and nonsensical defense to nullify two organizations due to different political views.
If the “assets” were so offensive, how did they have to wait until the morning of the event to make the decision?
It’s hard to believe this is the result of anything other than pressure from a politicized hospital system, seemingly committed to advancing liberal causes.
As with many other stories in recent months, this indefensible decision is most certainly a reflection of the culture we find ourselves in.