- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 25, 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The public-address announcer and the scoreboard operator for minor league baseball’s Atlantic City Surf were fired this week for poking fun at Gov. James E. McGreevey’s sexual orientation.

Announcer Greg Maiuro dedicated a between-innings rendition of the song “YMCA” to Mr. 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 homosexual anthem.

The next night, scoreboard operator Marco Cerino posted the message “Sponsored by Gov. Jim McGreevey” on the scoreboard when the song was played.

“Anytime 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.”

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

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