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Number 16 comes back to Yankee Stadium for one night
2008-01-01 22:37
by Bob Timmermann

No, it's not this #16. It's Pope Benedict XVI who will celebrate a Mass at Yankee Stadium on April 20. Pope Paul VI celebrated Mass there in 1965 and Pope John Paul II did as well in 1979. (6 and 2 haven't been retired by the Yankees yet.)

Approximately 80,000 people are expected to be allowed in for the Mass.

The highlight of the Mass is expected to be when the Bleacher Creatures do their roll call substituting the Litany of Saints for the Yankee players names.

No word yet if Benedict plans to go rub the plaques for Paul VI and John Paul II in Monument Park for luck before the Mass begins.


2008-01-02 03:30:56
1.   joejoejoe
I hope the Dodgers encourage Joe Torre to attend the mass (they play in Atlanta on 4/20). It's a once in a lifetime thing for a Catholic and Torre's 77-year old sister Marguerite Torre is a nun in the Diocese of Brooklyn. It would be a nice story and good for baseball.
2008-01-02 09:20:31
2.   Bob Timmermann
Joe Torre, despite being divorced and remarried, likely has enough pull in the Catholic Church to get an invite.
2008-01-02 10:17:53
3.   Gagne55
I would be suprised is '2' doesn't eventually get retired for Derek Jeter.
2008-01-02 12:28:52
4.   Eric Enders
"Surprise" understates the case by quite a but. Jeter would have to rape and murder about 15 people in order for that jersey not to get retired for him. And even then, they might still do it.

Also, unless I'm mistaken, Joe Torre's second marriage (to a Playboy playmate) ended in annulment, not divorce, which I guess in itself illustrates how much pull in the Catholic Church he has.

2008-01-02 12:34:42
5.   Eric Enders
2008-01-02 12:34:42
6.   Eric Enders

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