As you may have seen yesterday, some Catholics in Detroit are upset that the Tigers’ home opener will take place on Good Friday:
“It’s sort of an insult for Catholics,” said Michael Ochab, a 47-year-old Tigers fan. He said he’ll miss his first opener in 20 years this year to attend services at St. Florian Catholic Church in Hamtramck. “I’m still hoping the Tigers will change the time” . . .
. . . The Rev. Ed Vilkauskas of downtown Detroit’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church said the game at nearby Comerica Park will keep people from services.
“Nobody is saying baseball isn’t big, but Good Friday is really big,” Vilkauskas told The Detroit News. “It’s 2,000 years old.”
I’m really disappointed with the Catholics. Used to be that when everyone enjoyed something they didn’t care for they’d schedule some big event at the same time in order to co-opt it. You know, like Christmas or Easter or something. Sure, my pagan friends complain about how that cheated them out of their solstice and stuff, but you gotta give the marketing guys down at the church office some credit for moxy and creativity. Now? It’s just complain, complain, complain.
How about this: move Good Friday to Monday — there aren’t nearly as many Monday games scheduled — and go with a baseball theme for an 11 AM Friday Mass. You’ll really increase the gate that way. It’s called synergy, people!
What? Why are you looking at me like that?