ESPN, MLB atones, moves Yankees game out of Yom Kippur
ESPN and Major League Baseball yesterday changed back the start time of the Sept. 27 Red Sox-Yankees game after getting backlash for moving it to the middle of Yom Kippur.
The game will now start at its original time of 1 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.
“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 1:00 p.m.,” Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
The game will be shown exclusively on ESPN.
Starting at the later time would have left observant fans holding useless tickets or unable to even watch the game on television. Yom Kippur, considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown on Sept. 27.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens), who wrote a letter to ESPN and the Commissioner of Baseball yesterday asking for the switch, said they did the right thing.
Meanwhile, the Yankees announced that the majority of postseason ticket prices will be less than what was charged in the 2007 postseason. Regular season ticket prices, excluding suites, will be charged for the American League Division Series.