I can’t decide whether or not this is a “real” story. It’s like one or two people complained and the reporter extrapolated to say that several Catholics/Christians feel the same way.
Apparently, they’re all mad because the Detroit Tigers’ home-opener this year will be played on Good Friday:
The 1:05 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers is on April 10 — Good Friday and one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar.
That’s the day for somber reflection, personal sacrifice, church services that run from noon to 3 p.m. and a no-meat pledge, which doesn’t lend itself to downing a hot dog or two at the game.
While all 30 Major League teams are playing that day, only the Tigers are taking the field during the Christian holy hours…
Michael Ochab, 47, will miss his first opener in 20 years, choosing to attend services at St. Florian Catholic Church in Hamtramck, instead.
“It’s sort of an insult for Catholics,” he said. “I’m still hoping the Tigers will change the time.”
If Ochab had his way, the Tigers (or baseball officials) would reschedule the game. How *dare* they schedule an important game around somebody’s holy day?!
The Rev. Ed Vilkauskas, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greektown, hopes parishioners can make it to Good Friday services.
“On that day in particular, people will be contending with traffic and parking,” he said. “It’s going to directly keep people away.”
Clearly, Major League Baseball is part of a conspiracy against Christianity.
Don’t anyone tell Muslims that there will be baseball games played all throughout Ramadan.
And — oh no! — there will be games played during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! MLB schedulers must hate Jews, too.
(via The J-Walk Blog)