Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 13, 2022 / 12:33 pm
Sorry, Cleveland baseball fans (the Catholic ones, anyway), there is no dispensation from fasting and abstaining because of the Guardians’ seasonal opener on Good Friday.
The Major League Baseball team, formerly known as the Indians, is set to face the San Francisco Giants on April 15. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, who started his acting career in the Cleveland area, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Nothing in sports quite matches the nostalgia-tinged excitement of Opening Day. But Catholic fans in the stands at Progressive Field who want to heed the Church’s call for the faithful to eat only one full meal on Good Friday and refrain from eating meat will have to marshal some old-fashioned Christian fortitude.
That won’t be easy, to be sure, with the aromas of Ohio City Burritos, Dynomite Burgers, Fat Italian Headwiches (so named because they are roughly the size of a human head), and Slider Dogs (“a fresh grilled all beef hot dog topped with Froot Loops, pimento mac and cheese, and bacon”) wafting through the ballpark.