In the United States the justice system stands by the motto "innocent until proven guilty." Minor League Baseball stands by another saying, and it probably goes by something like "strike the right promotion while the iron is still hot." With that in mind the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced today that they will be hosting the first ever "Michael Vick Animal Awareness Day" this coming Sunday.
Reminiscent of the infamous Disco Demolition over 25 years ago (without the attendant stampede and chaos), the Armada will destroy all Michael Vick jerseys in protest to the inhumane treatment of animals. Any fan who trades in a Michael Vick t-shirt or jersey at the box office will receive free admission to the game and a donation in their name will be made to Justin Rudd's Community Action Team ( C.A.T.), a 501c3 nonprofit that provides educational outreach and events to help inspire a better understanding of dogs, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.The team, which actually operates under its full name The Long Beach Armada of Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America including Barrow, Alaska is really putting all its paws in for this one. Special events for man and woman's best friend include a ceremonial dog first pitch, dog beauty contests, skateboarding bulldogs, wiener dog races, and dog washes.
Armada fans and their baseball loving canines will have their own special entrance and section. But worry not, this wont become a shitty section. Dogs will be allowed to visit a unique "comfort area" during the game.
And lest you think this is some reactionary stunt by the team looking to cash in, think again. It's not really about Michael Vick. They're doing it for the dogs.
"Armada players, coaches, and staff spend every day working in the professional sports world and many of us are also devoted dog owners. We feel as sports professionals it is necessary to bring awareness to animal abuse, particularly the intolerable injustices associated with dog fighting," commented Armada President and General Manager Steven Bash.So come out on Sunday, burn your Vick jersey, and have a dog-day-afternoon.