Claim: The Boston Red Sox are postponing their 2009 home opener to avoid a conflict with Passover.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, March 2009]
THE RED SOX HOME OPENER,THIS YEAR WILL BE POSTPONED FOR PASSOVER
RED SOX GENERAL MANAGER - THEO EPSTEIN - ANNOUNCED THAT THE BOSTON RED SOX HOME OPENER WILL BE POSTPONED TO APRIL 14TH TO AVOID THE EIGHT DAYS OF THE PASSOVER HOLIDAY.
HE NOTED, BECAUSE THREE OF HIS STARTERS ARE JEWISH AS ARE SEVERAL OF HIS BOX SEAT HOLDERS, HE WAS FORCED TO MAKE THIS CHANGE IN SCHEDULE. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM FANS, WHO ARE ENRAGED AT EPSTEIN'S DECISION.
IN FACT, PROTESTS ARE BEING TENDERED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL'S OFFICE; HOWEVER, BUD SELIG - COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL - WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE PROTESTS; MAINLY BECAUSE OF A SCHEDULING PROBLEM OF FAMILY SEDERS HE AND MRS. SELIG WILL BE ATTENDING.
YES, THIS IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY. (I LOVE IT!)
ALSO, UNABLE TO ATTEND THE OPENER:
AL GORE AND TIPPER, HIS WIFE, WILL BE UNAVAILABLE AS THEY WILL ATTEND SEDER AT THEIR SON-IN- LAW'S HOME.
BILL AND HILARY CLINTON WILL BE ATTENDING THE SEDER AT THE HOME OF THEIR DAUGHTER CHELSEA'S 'STEADY.'
IN ADDITION, EX MAYOR OF NYC, RUDY GUILIANI. HIS WIFE WILL BE BUSY PREPARING THEIR SEDER.
YES, THIS IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY. (I LOVE IT!)
Origins: Short and sweet, the above-quoted claim about the Boston Red Sox supposedly postponing their 2009 home opener until April 14th to avoid a conflict with Passover doesn't even make sense from a calendrical standpoint, much less a religious one. In 2009, the Jewish holy day and festival of Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8, but Boston's home opener had always been scheduled to be played against the Tampa Bay Rays at
2:05 PM on Monday, April 6. No postponement of the home opener would have been necessary to avoid playing that game during Passover, even if such a move were contemplated. Moreover, since Passover is observed for eight days, pushing opening day back to April 14th still wouldn't have avoided a conflict with that Jewish holiday.
Major league baseball teams also cannot arbitrarily change their schedules once they have been established; delaying a home opener by several days would wreak havoc not with just Boston's schedule but with those of several other American League teams as well and would therefore require approval from the league offices. Neither the Boston Red Sox nor Major League Baseball announced that any approval had been sought or granted for a change in Boston's 2009 schedule, and the Red Sox ticket office assured us that Boston's 2009 opening home game was still scheduled for April 6. (The game was later postponed until April 7 due to adverse weather conditions, however, thereby pushing it even closer to the start of Passover.)
The reference to Boston's having three Jewish starters pegs this item as something that probably originated back in 2006, when the Red Sox had three Jewish players on their roster (Kevin Youkilis, Gabe Kapler, and Adam Stern), their opening home game was scheduled for April 11, and Passover began on the evening of April 12.
Last updated: 6 April 2009
Hirschfield, Brad. "Red Sox Passover Rumor."
The Washington Post. 31 March 2009.
Mayo, Johnathan. "Red Sox Hoax Is No Passover Miracle, But Grabow May Be."
The Jewish Chronicle. 25 March 2009.
Associated Press. "Red Sox Postpone Home Opener vs. Tampa Bay Rays."
David Mikkelson founded snopes.com in 1994, and under his guidance the company has pioneered a number of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone, the light bulb, beer pong, and a vaccine for a disease that has not yet been discovered. He is currently seeking political asylum in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.
Thank you for writing to us! Although we receive hundreds of e-mails every day, we really and truly read them all, and your comments, suggestions, and questions are most welcome. Unfortunately, we can manage to answer only a small fraction of our incoming mail.
Our site covers many of the items currently being plopped into inboxes everywhere, so if you were writing to ask us about something you just received, our search engine can probably help you find the very article you want.
Choose a few key words from the item you're looking for and click here to go to the search engine.
(Searching on whole phrases will often fail to produce matches because the text of many items is quite variable, so picking out one or two key words is the best strategy.)
We do reserve the right to use non-confidential material sent to us via this form on our site, but only after it has been stripped of any information that might identify the sender or any other individuals not party to this communication.