Rabbi_Baseball.jpgWell, it seems that once again my erudite co-blogger and myself have found something on which we can agree. As right as the Tigers were to hold the line on the start of their Good Friday game, the Yankees and MLB are wrong in caving to the Yom Kippur lobby.

Now, I understand the concern. As I’ve mentioned before, I lived in NYC and that place is a ghost town on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. But moving up the start time so a few people can get their fast on? Sorry, no. Even in Saudi Arabia World Cup qualifiers are still taking place despite the fact that it’s smack dab in the middle of the fasting month of Ramadan. If the Saudis aren’t changing that up, maybe MLB should take note.

However, it’s nice that Mr. Lung and myself can agree on something. After all the hyperbolic excesses of the past couple weeks, I find it reassuring that there are still areas where we are sympatico.

But, since it is Labor Day and on this day of rest it is only natural that we should turn to questions of labor, I wonder what his thoughts are on the place of labor and collective bargaining in baseball today. I ask this because there is a law in the Federal government that even though employees may unionize, they do not have the right to strike. Should baseball consider setting up some sort of similar agreement? Since it is America’s past time, shouldn’t it be considered just as essential?




  1. devilabrit

    Essential, definately… we can live without screen writers during a strike, we can live without city workers standing around leaning on shovels, during a strike… but baseball that definately should not be a thing to have to consider again….
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  2. PAUL

    They flout the law against striking and don’t face any consequences for it. When the transit workers went on strike in NY a few years ago, the city should’ve done what Reagan did to the air traffic controllers and said if they didn’t get back to work, they’d be fired. They would’ve gotten back to work and quick.

  3. taleoftwoleagues

    Baseball is essential in the fact that I’d have nothing to do without it. You know I’m right. Also, I don’t see this moving of the game as a huge issue. I mean, as long as if the issue comes up in the case of another religion’s holiday and it is treated with the same respect.

  4. Jonestein

    I’m torn on the issue of labor unions. On the one hand, we need ’em to fend-off greedy exploitation by top-hat wearing mogul d0uchbags, on the other, we really have to be concerned when the “exploited” become the greedy bags-o-d0uche. Hegel, dialectic, etc…it never ends.

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