We arise from death to new life: OPENING DAY

Yes, folks, it is once again the season of the sport God loves best: baseball.

Today, the forces of darkness are taking it on the chin.

Over at SERVIAM we find an apt haiku in honor of such an important event as opening day.

Last night I was in Junior’s in Brooklyn, having a sandwich and watching the hated Yankees beating the noble Red Sox (all teams are noble when playing against the Enemy Team) in their opener. 

I was downcast about what such a thing might herald for the season.

But the sun rose on a new opening day and we find that, after the darkness, the Red Sox won after all!

Here is a happy sight for all, far and wide:

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  1. JohnMa says:

    Let’s Go Bucs!!! Stop the streak this year.

  2. lacrossecath says:

    I can’t wait to see the Twins new stadium Father. I’ve heard from some (that have been to preseason events) that it’s going to be a great place to watch baseball.

  3. Peggy R says:

    Of course, all good Catholics must root for the Cardinals!

    Aren’t we glad that Opening Day followed Holy Week this year? No hot dog requests on Good Friday.

  4. ikseret says:

    It was disappointing that the baseball season openned on Easter Sunday.
    Would that the Catholics on the teams had refused to play (as Sandy Koufax refused to play on Yom Kippur in the 1965 World Series)!

  5. dcs says:

    Better Easter Sunday than Good Friday as happened a few years ago.

    As far as the “noble Red Sox” are concerned, they are even more insufferable than the Yankees, if that is possible. Of course, in a sense all AL teams are the enemy, subscribing as they do to the designated hitter heresy. Still, I would rather see any of these teams win than the true representatives of the dark side, the NY Mets.

  6. Ralph says:

    My home town, Tucson, has lost it’s Spring Training teams. This was the last spring. We lost our AAA club to Reno last year. No more big league in our town.

    BUT – we now have a semi pro team, The Tucson Toros, which offers exciting baseball at a price that families can afford. No prima donnas and show boats! Just a fun time at a good price.

  7. Tom A. says:

    Don’t get use to it Father. It won’t last!

  8. peregrinPF says:

    Thinks the Yankees should forfeit all their games

  9. EXCHIEF says:

    Tom A
    Don’t bet on that. Boston will be tough for the hated Yankees or anyone else to beat. But that’s the American League. For me, GO PADRES

  10. IL Catholic says:

    I beg to differ, tennis is the sport that God loves best. :)

  11. Matthew in Vancouver says:

    Thank the Lord that there are 161 more games to play. The noble and glorious Yankees will win at least another 100 games. So, not to worry.

  12. wanda says:

    I betcha God loves a good NFL Football game, too! Betcha, betcha!

  13. jt83 says:

    Go Mariners! King Felix for Cy Young!

  14. HamiltonMom says:

    Reds lost to the Cards :( Bummer as I am a very loyal Cincinnati fan. Hey I was raised seeing the greatest– Bench, Concepcion, Rose, Geronimo, Perez, Foster…

  15. But the Reds have the moral victory, because they started play on Easter Monday.

    And since everybody knows that the Reds are the eldest professional team, and that Opening Day is when the Reds play, today was Opening Day. Sunday was just Heathen Anticipation of Opening Day.


  16. cicada380 says:

    The opening home game for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Top Affiliate for the Colorado Rockies) is April 16. Can’t wait!

  17. Penguins Fan says:

    Fr. Z’s passion for baseball is known far and wide. Given that the Twins are usually a competitive team, there is good reason for this.

    In Pittsburgh, summer consists of Skyblasts, other Fireworks Nights, bobblehead giveaways and other assorted attractions to keep the “yunzers” occupied between the end of the Penguins’ season and the start of the Steelers’ training camp in Latrobe.

  18. HamiltonMom says:


    You are right indeed! Opening Day is the day when the Reds play :) It is a holiday for us in Cincinnati– Findlay Market Parade, a sea of Red shirts and ball caps. Our school had the game on TV for us that did not skip school to see the game.

    I am also grateful that the Reds had the good sense to not have our narcissist-in-chief attend the festivities and “throw” the first pitch. But then again our ball park is called “Great American Ball Park” :P

  19. spock says:

    Tennis is the sport that God loves best ?

    You may as well say that croquet is the sport that God loves best or badminton. What was that other one from the ’80’s? Oh yeah, it was ZIMM-ZAMM.

    But then again, Einstein said God doesn’t play dice. And he was wrong. So I guess I can be wrong too. ;)

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