The Detroit Tiger's are in the midst of a media frenzy over Opening Day 2009 falling on Good Friday.
Roman Catholics are especially upset because the home opener is scheduled during holy hours, with the belief that Jesus was hung on the cross from noon until 3 p.m. The game is schedule to begin at 1:05 p.m. against the Texas Rangers.
Ron Colangelo, Tigers Vice President of Communications, said Major League Baseball has a “monumental task” putting together a season’s schedule. Detroit’s climate makes a night game unrealistic this time of year.
“Fans have come to know that our home opener is always a day game,” states Colangelo.
I personally find all this mayhem to be quite comical, especially after reading this article stating Pontius Pilate should throw out the first pitch. I am looking forward to John Stossel covering this tale during his "Give Me A Break" segment on 20/20.
Below are a couple of points that I would like to make about the fuss being made over Opening Day falling on Good Friday:
- All 30 American and National League teams play April 10, not just the Detroit Tigers.
- We are currently living in The United States of America during the 21st Century, not in a 16th Century European Papal State.
- Our President is Barrack Obama, not Pope Benedict the 16th.
- Religious Freedom is one of the foundations of our Country. We are a melting pot of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, and Atheists. We set our clocks by National Holidays, not Religious Holidays.
- Good Friday is not Easter Sunday.
- And my personal fave, Jim Leyland's brother Tom is a priest.
There are bigger things going on in the world and Detroit that we should focus on and be concerned with. The Detroit Tiger's Opening Day falling on Good Friday is not one of them.
I'll go ahead and take the liberty to state the obvious here: The Detroit Tiger's Season Opener is a great thing for Detroit no matter what day it falls on.