In a profound conflict of sacred and secular traditions, thousands of Christians who are urged to solemnly commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday (April 10) afternoon are being tempted by an alternative spring ritual: the cry of “Play ball.”I wonder if these same religious leaders get upset that NBA, NCAA football, and NFL games are played on Christmas.
Four Major League Baseball teams—the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers—have scheduled games during the midday time window that’s considered by many the most solemn period of the Christian calendar.
Religious leaders say they don’t expect Americans to return to an age of shuttered shops and businesses on Good Friday, but they question whether baseball teams could not have been more respectful of religious sensitivities.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Baseball and Good Friday
Although Easter weekend is a couple weeks away, this year, several religious leaders are upset that some baseball teams are holding baseball games during sacred time on Good Friday: