By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler
There’s an email rumor spreading around the Jewish community that the Boston Red Sox, at the initiative of young Jewish General Manager Theo Epstein, had moved opening day to acccomodate Passover. Snopes has a big thread on it. Maybe you’ve gotten this email? It looks like this:
RED SOX GENERAL MANAGER-THEO EPSTEIN ANNOUNCED THAT THE BOSTON RED SOX
HOME OPENER WILL BE POSTPONED TO APRIL 14TH..TO AVOID THE 10 DAYS OF
HE NOTED, BECAUSE 3 OF HIS STARTERS WERE JEWISH AS WERE HIS BOX SEAT
HOLDERS, HE WAS FORCED TO MAKE THIS CHANGE IN SCHEDULING. THE GOYIM
(non-Jews) IN BOSTON ARE ENRAGED AT EPSTEIN’S DECISION.
PROTESTS ARE BEING TENDERED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL’S OFFICE IN
P ROTEST…HOWEVER, BUD SELIG-COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL WILL NOT BE ABLE
TO ADDRESS THESE PROTESTS –MAINLY DUE TO A SCHEDULING PROBLEM…CAUSED
BY THE FAMILY SEDERS HE AND MRS SELIG WILL BE OCCUPPIED WITH.
YES..THIS IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY.
Well, no matter how amazing you think this country is, it’s just not amazing enough to move opening day for Passover. This year, Passover goes from sundown on April 8th through the 16th, and as you can see from the Red Sox schedule they play every single one of those days except the 16th.
It looks like our wait for a contemporary Sandy Koufax-Yom Kippur moment will go on.