Damn, national Christopher Hitchens Day only misses this by a week.
The Astros’ opening day is among the holiest on the calendar for faithful baseball fans, full of hot dogs and hope for a new season, but this year, it falls on two actual holy days - the observance of Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday and the first night of the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover.
...These struggles are all too familiar to longtime Astros fans, like the Rev. William Miller, who was at the Astrodome the year it opened in 1965 and has followed the team ever since.
“When you say the Astros’ opening day is on Good Friday, I have to chuckle because I think of all the pain we have gone through as Astros fans,” said Miller, who used to serve at Houston’s Trinity Episcopal Church and moved to a congregation in Hawaii several years ago. “The themes of loss and loyalty, staying true to one’s calling when things seem most dire, hoping for a resurrection: Those are all things we’ve felt.”
After last year’s team-record 106 losses, Christian fans are holding out for wins to give them additional reasons to celebrate this weekend.
Ryan Beaty, pastor at VillageHouston church in University Village, tweeted, “If you’re in the Houston area, catch an Astros game this weekend! Jesus is alive and so is baseball!”
Posted: April 06, 2012 at 08:58 AM | 41 comment(s)
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