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Published on: September 1, 2009 06:11 PM
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Bronx, NY - ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a Yankees-Red Sox game to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

ESPN told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sept. 27 game was returning to its original start time of 1 p.m. EDT. It had been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN’s schedule; Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement, begins at sundown that evening.

“I am pleased we were able to resolve this sensitive issue that impacted many baseball fans and are able to move the game at Yankee Stadium to 1 p.m.,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement, crediting ESPN for helping to “solve this conflict.” ESPN will still televise the game.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., had sent a letter to Selig and ESPN President George Bodenheimer urging the game be returned to its original afternoon start time.

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“There’s no reason why the largest Jewish community in the country should be punished for a last-minute scheduling swap,” Weiner wrote in the letter.

Weiner told the AP that he had spoken with Selig earlier in the day. “He said he agreed, and that he had heard from his own rabbi, that this was a problem,” Weiner said. “He said he was riding ESPN to change their position.”

“It was a basic thing that they can do to be sensitive, and the right thing was done,” he added.

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of this for fans,” he said.

Earlier this year, the NFL agreed to move the start time of the New York Jets’ home game against the Tennessee Titans on the same day from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. That change was made after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch, so that fans could arrive home before sundown, (as was reported at that time here on VIN News).

 


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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:23 PM shlomo Says:

"Weiner told the AP that ESPN and major-league baseball had done the right thing."

Like weiner knows what is the "right thing".....

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:19 PM stam Says:

FYI both Selig and Wiener daven kol n
idray.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:18 PM Anonymous Says:

now weiner will have to go to shul YK night or look stupid:)

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
shlomo Says:

"Weiner told the AP that ESPN and major-league baseball had done the right thing."

Like weiner knows what is the "right thing".....

why should any frum yid even care? seriously!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Where are the priorities?!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:32 PM Anonymous Says:

What about mincha and seuda hamafsakes on erev yom kipur

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:31 PM Shvitzer Says:

Weiner's mother is not Jewish.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Great. Those of us in beantown will now be able to watch the great comeback.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:20 PM gevaltig Says:

MAMESH A KIDUSH HASHEM ! shame on us to make a issue about this in the holliest day of the year ! WIENER as a spokesman of klal yisruel thanx a lot , now we'll be able to hear / watch the yankees & upon completion go to KOL NIDRIE what an acomplishment lucky we've jewish represntion at city hall

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:30 PM Home Run Says:

See That, No demonstrations, nobody getting run over by Tanks or throing rocks just a simple letter, Y cant our isreali brothers
Learn a thing or 2. a little diplomacy goes a long way.With violance who gains?

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

great now we can go straight from the yankee game into kol nidrei.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

B"H they changed the schedule.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Weinner heard from his own Rabbi.... What's this Rabbis opinion about his Arabic stupid wife

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't know why everyone is being so sarcastic, would you prefer that many Yidden watch a ballgame on Yom Kippur? At least they are making a statement that Yom Kippur is an important day? Who knows, maybe some people will now be encouraged to go to shul. No need to knock this. It is definitely a good thing.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:27 PM Anonymous Says:

i realy dont understand y thay have to switch, witch yid who goes to kol nidry is interesting in the yankys?

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

There are nebach many empty and ignorant beings in the younger jewish religious community that care more about this boring stupid game than thora or jewish history or geography or anything intellectuali. Just try to have a conversation with one of them about important domestic or international affairs and you will see what i am talking about,

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

What about mincha and seuda hamafsakes on erev yom kipur

The game should be over by 4:30.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:59 PM Home Run Says:

See That, No demonstrations, nobody getting run over by Tanks or throing rocks just a simple letter, Y cant our isreali brothers
Learn a thing or 2. a little diplomacy goes a long way.With violance who gains?

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 05:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

why should any frum yid even care? seriously!

Because its healthy and normal to have some interests and hobbies, whether sports, art, literature, crafts, etc.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Not to state an opinion either way on the methods used by our Israeli "ultra-orthodox" brethren, but while a little diplomacy goes a long way in a country such as this one (the USA, a medina shel chesed), it is an entirely different "Ball-game" in Israel, so there is no comparison.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 08:13 PM Anonymous Says:

sucha kookoo people!
erev yom kuper thay don't have batter to for hoshem only yanky's,
I don't have a batter word then 'KOOKOO!'...

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 08:55 PM Sox Fan in Beantown Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

The game should be over by 4:30.

Since when do ANY Sox-Yankee games end in 3 hours ? More likely it'll run anywhere from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours. Now you KNOW I'm right.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Shvitzer Says:

Weiner's mother is not Jewish.

Yes she is. don't believe every lie you hear.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

i dont understand why all the negative feedback so many jews from players organization management and media would have been affected. The less melacha and zilzul of the day the better. We should all be thankful this was resolved. Furthermore whill it would be nice not to have a game on any shabbos or yomtov why deny them this opportunity of somewhat trying to feel closer to hashem.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Instead of collecting tzedakah erev Yom Kippur in shul, maybe some organizations would get a bigger donation by advertising during half-time.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:34 PM Jewish Yankee Fan Says:

It's a beautiful kiddush Hashem. Baseball is a good clean sport. People who arent fans can't understand the excitement of it. You can't explain it. Don't even try.
Go Yankees !

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:54 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

What about mincha and seuda hamafsakes on erev yom kipur

There are minyans at Yankee Stadium every game during the seventh inning stretch.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:53 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

why should any frum yid even care? seriously!

I was wondering that myself.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 12:34 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Sox Fan in Beantown Says:

Since when do ANY Sox-Yankee games end in 3 hours ? More likely it'll run anywhere from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours. Now you KNOW I'm right.

If true that you are from Beantown FYI you should know that Kevin Youkelis from the BoSox is Jewish and attends Yom Kippur services as well , so it involves more than just the "fans" participating.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 12:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

i realy dont understand y thay have to switch, witch yid who goes to kol nidry is interesting in the yankys?

there are yidden who are unfortunately not frum. this will protect them. lifnei iver lo sitein michshol. thanks

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:57 PM Derek Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

Instead of collecting tzedakah erev Yom Kippur in shul, maybe some organizations would get a bigger donation by advertising during half-time.

sorry, but a weak attempt at humor. There is no halftime in baseball, and Go Yankees!!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:55 PM Bal Das Says:

Reply to #9  
gevaltig Says:

MAMESH A KIDUSH HASHEM ! shame on us to make a issue about this in the holliest day of the year ! WIENER as a spokesman of klal yisruel thanx a lot , now we'll be able to hear / watch the yankees & upon completion go to KOL NIDRIE what an acomplishment lucky we've jewish represntion at city hall

Mr. Gevaltig, tell me , you are such a Misser zugar, how about saying Musser to yourself 1st & then to others. Did you think about that ! Also if your such a person with saying musser , what are you doing on the internet ALLTOGETHER ? This is not your place , go to Bais Hamedrash or at home & take out a MISHNA BRURA & Learn how to prepare yourself for the HAILIGAH DAYS ! I think you will accomplish more then sitting here & saying Mussar .AH GITTEN YOM TOV & A CHASIMA V'CHASIMA TOVA. IN case i offended you, i will ask you for FORGIVENESS RIGHT NOW , OKAY. "MECHILA I AM ASKING OF YOU Mr. GEVALTIG

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:42 PM Bal Das Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

why should any frum yid even care? seriously!

because there are alot of frum yidden that like baseball & they will not be disturb with saying Kol Nidrei & Baseball at the same time. That's One thing, the other thing is what do you mean by the word Frim ? It could mean lots of things & therefore it's important to accomandate Jewish people even though they are not Frum, because like this the not frum jews will have an easier time to make time for Hashem & for knowing what's going on in the game. By the way Mr.Anonymous , Please be a Mentsch & keep your stupid answer to yourself , whatever you will say. AH GIT GEBENCHED YUR & A CHASIMA V'CHASIMA TOVA to you & KLAL YISROEL

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:09 PM Go Sox Says:

Reply to #22  
Sox Fan in Beantown Says:

Since when do ANY Sox-Yankee games end in 3 hours ? More likely it'll run anywhere from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours. Now you KNOW I'm right.

sox will take the division

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 01:37 PM 5T Resident Says:

The picture accompanying the article shows the Red Sox celebrating. Heh. This warms the cockles of my heart (whatever those may be).

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 01:16 PM Anonymous Says:

BS"D
I live in the Bronx and someone just called me to find out when Kol Nidrey starts. they live out of town and his daughter had scheduled attending this game and he is coming with her - and now they can both keep YK. even only for these two yidden it was worth it for all 50,000 people to move the schedule, for the politicians to get involved, etc. etc.
Our involvement is through showing appreciation to the ones who put in the effort and respecting their dedication to yidden and yidishkeit; down the line it will lead to more kidush HaShem and the growth of yidishkeit.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 02:56 PM Beantown Sox Fan Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

If true that you are from Beantown FYI you should know that Kevin Youkelis from the BoSox is Jewish and attends Yom Kippur services as well , so it involves more than just the "fans" participating.

Yes I know he is. I understand he will not be in the lineup that day.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

For all those who would like to know who Anthony Weiner is engaged to, please read the following.
Huma M. Abedin (born 1976) is an aide to United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who served as traveling chief of staff and "body woman" during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.

Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her Indian born father was a Muslim and Middle Eastern scholar who died when she was 17 years old, and her Pakistani born mother is a professor in Saudi Arabia.[1] At the age of two, her family relocated to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Abedin returned to the United States to attend George Washington University. She was elected to serve as President of the Pakistani Student Association at GW for the 1995-96 term, and with her Vice President, MS student Abbas Zaidi, lobbied in favor of the Pressler Amendment at Capitol Hill in the late summer of 1995.

Huma Abedin began working as an intern for the White House in 1996 and landed an assignment with the First Lady. She has since risen to the role of Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman. She currently works for Clinton at the State Department.

She is currently engaged to Rep. Anthony Weiner.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 11:12 PM they should have known Says:

last time they tried to schedule a game on yom kippor Sandy koufax wouldnt play. so they should have remembered

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 Sep 04, 2009 at 07:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
Jewish Yankee Fan Says:

It's a beautiful kiddush Hashem. Baseball is a good clean sport. People who arent fans can't understand the excitement of it. You can't explain it. Don't even try.
Go Yankees !

A good clean sport played by chaleriahs. Is this who you want your kids to look up to? Go A-Rod!

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