The Chicago White Sox, who have a Jewish third baseman in Kevin Youkilis, will reschedule their Sept. 25 night home game against the Cleveland Indians because it falls on the Jewish high-holiday of Yom Kippur, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com:
Though it wasn’t the team’s original intention to move game time up from 7:10 p.m., the White Sox will gain the services of third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who would not have played.
“I guess that means I can play,” Youkilis said. “I know there was talk that there was something about maybe changing it for the fans on that day. But it’s a good thing for the playoff stretch. I haven’t played (in the past). No, it’s one of those things where I played the night after. But other than that, no.”
The first pitch will now take place at 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 25. The decision came after the team reportedly asked fans to call the ticket office with the request to change the game if they would not be able to attend. Sox manager Robin Ventura supports the decision and said the change will allow for not only Youkilis and fans to attend the game but also the team owner, Jerry Reinsdorf:
“It’s more about the fans too,” Ventura said. “There’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be able to come to the game and probably one of them is our owner so. That’s a big factor. That’s a good enough reason, just the fans. That’s good enough for me.”