The C hicago White Sox have changed the starting time for their Sept. 25 game against the Cleveland Indians from 7:10 to 1L10 to avoid conflict with erev Yom Kippur.
Kevin Youkilis expressed his appreciation for the gesture.
From the Chicago Sun Times:
… Youkilis, who has missed games in the past to observe it, wasn’t the sole beneficiary, [Manager Robin] Ventura said.
“A lot of people wouldn’t be able to come to the game and probably one of them is our owner [Jerry Reinsdorf] so … That’s a big factor. That’s a good enough reason, the fans. That’s good enough for me.’’
As for other teams with Jewish players:
* The Tampa Bays Rays (Sam Fuld) are set to visit the Boston Red Sox (Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Kalish, Craig Breslow) at 7:10 p.m. (all times are Eastern)
* The Milwaukee Brewers (Ryan Braun) play the Reds in Cincinnati at 7:10 p.m.
* The New York Mets (Ike Davis) host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m.
* The Texas Rangers (Ian Kinsler, Scott Feldman) host the Oakland As at 8:05 p.m.
* The San Diego Padres (Jason Marquis, currently on the disabled list put perhaps available by then) host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:05 p.m.
To parse this out a bit:
* Boston and New York have major Jewish populations, so it might be a nice gesture to their fans to make a change. As far as the players are concerned, neither team is in playoff contention so it really doesn’t matter if they play. But the Rays are vying for a wild card spot, so Fuld’s participation might be more crucial.
* Texas (Arlington is probably not a hotbed of Jewish activity) and the A’s are one-two in the AL Central as of this writing, so that’s a pretty tight race. The Brewers are also on the precipice, so they might need Braun to play, as he did last year.