Some baseball fans in heavily Catholic Cincinnati are up in arms over Major League Baseball’s decision to schedule the Reds’ opening game of the 2012 season on April 6. The problem: It is Good Friday.
“The decision was not made by the Reds who have not commented yet on having the home opener on Good Friday,” according to a local radio station’s website. “When the Reds were ordered by baseball several years ago to open up on Easter night, then-owner Marge Schott told fans to treat it like an exhibition and the game drew the smallest crowd at Riverfront Stadium in Opening Day history.”
One Cincinnati councilman called the new decision a “slap in the face.”
Some Catholics may succumb to the lure of beer, brats and baseball, despite the day’s requirement of fasting and abstinence. But for others, the sacrifice will make entering into the Easter Triduum and the mystery of mercy only that much more powerful.
But did MLB really have to whiff like that?