New York Times writer, Murray Chass, is tired of all this Jesus nonsense.

Writing in yesterday’s Times, Chass called for a “seperation of church and baseball.” He also questions whether baseball “Faith Nights” are really all about money.

Chass was particularly critical of the Lerner family which owns the Washington Nationals.


Probably because the Lerners continue to allow “Faith Night” at their ballpark despite the fact they’re Jewish.


Rather than promoting ALL faiths, these events promote only an evangelical brand of Christianity.

Although the Lerners refused to be interviewed for the article, a club spokesperson did comment,

“Our purpose was to garner ticket sales,” said Chartese Burnett, the vice president for communications of the Washington Nationals. “It had nothing to do with faith.”

Instead, Chass says it’s all about money.

The Nationals sold 3,000 extra tickets for their game with the Cardinals when they held Faith Night, charging an additional $10 for a postgame concert. Chass asks whether the Lerners really need the money that badly.

Frankly, I think we pretty much passed the point of no return in the “Is-baseball-overcommercializing-region?” debate when they came up with the Christ Bobblehead.


Or maybe it was the Red Sox Yarmulke:


Chass concludes, “Why should teams be in the business of promoting any particular religion? The idea has caught on in baseball because clubs want to sell tickets. That’s why Major League Baseball will never halt faith nights. Anything for a few dollars more. But it has no place in baseball. Baseball crowds are made up of people of all faiths and no faith. No segment should be singled out.”

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  1. mikewil82 Says:

    Baseball is a business just like any othe building that you see on the side of the road. Christianity is probably the biggest religion here in America, so why not have “faith night”. I don’t believe that baseball is trying to single out one particular religion, but is trying to do what everyone else is doing and make money. If they can make the biggest religion in America feel important to get more money, whos to say that wrong? If Wica was popular in one area and a business noticed it, why not have “Wica night”? It is just smart business.

    Mike Wilson

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