The Rocky Mountain Vibes, an independent Colorado MLB-affiliated team, nixed Family Night just hours before the first pitch over objections to pro-life organizations sponsoring the event.
The team was scheduled to host Family Night during its game on Friday, but because objections were made concerning two pro-family groups that were partnering on the event, it was canceled.
According to a pro-life group called Save the Storks, which was one of the sponsors for Family Night, UCHealth “was behind this shutdown.”
However, the team issued a statement to Fox News that the decision to cancel the event was theirs alone.
“While we value all our sponsors and ticket holders, they do not make decisions regarding the nature of our post-game entertainment, or groups that come out to our stadium to raise awareness for their causes. The Vibes made this decision after seeing the proposed assets from the partner in question because they felt that the partner would hinder the team’s mission in providing fun and affordable family entertainment. Any statement placing blame on any outside party for cancelation of tonight’s events is inaccurate. The Vibes made this decision internally and stand by their choice,” the statement asserted.
Rocky Mountain Vibes https://t.co/TDvpRuZjsc
This club is now a joke. Woke front office alienates one of the biggest conservative baseball fan bases in the country. I'll never go to another Vibes game
— Reauxbeaux (@Reauxbeaux) August 27, 2022
During an interview conducted via a call with Fox News Digital, UCHealth denied having anything to do with canceling the event, proclaiming that it was “inaccurate” to say otherwise.
Save the Storks president Diane Ferraro said via a statement that the event was responsible for selling 3,000 tickets. She is now asking those who purchased tickets to request refunds.
“We are encouraging our supporters to request refunds for their tickets and not attend an event that no longer welcomes families,” she flatly stated.
“We were delighted when the Rocky Mountain Vibes team came to us and asked if we could partner for Family Night. Now we are extremely disappointed and confused by this decision of the owners of the franchise and corporate owner of the UCHealth Park,” Ferraro said in a statement. “UCHealth is a company that says they offer care for women and families but is shutting down a night specifically intended for them.”
Julie Bailey, who is vice president of Pikes Peak Citizens for Life, claims the team emailed the two groups at 10:30 a.m. local time Friday morning informing them of the cancelation. The event had reportedly been scheduled several months ago.
“We’re very disappointed,” she told Fox News Digital in an interview. “We’ve been working on this several months. We’re just very disappointed. This is just a reflection of the culture we’re in.”
Canceling Family Night because 2 pro-life organizations were sponsoring. Zero class. Cancel the Rocky Mountain Vibes.
— Well Bless Your Heart (@ohsusiek) August 26, 2022
The Rocky Mountain Vibes decided they could not be associated with the pro-family partners and cancelled the game hors before the 3000 people who bought tickets were due to arrive.
The Vibes are apparently taking a stand against families and life. #GowokeGobroke
— Lord Neocon (@LordNeocon) August 27, 2022
The team was hammered on Facebook for the move.
Jade Barlow Montanez posted, “Very sad that we see a push to be kind and tolerant and even embrace the LGBTQ community but are not also supportive of pro life and family organizations. This really angers me.”
Mike Davis expressed his disappointment as well, “Beyond disappointed with a poor decision. Support the whole community, not just the activists.”
Dean Schmitz will take his family elsewhere, “I had planned on taking the kids to a Vibes game before the end of the season. We, as a family, will spending our money elsewhere.”
There were many more people who are now saying they will no longer attend the games for the team.
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