Ten Plagues, Nine Innings
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog salutes Israelites and Yankees today as opening days for tribe and team alike kick off. For the Jews, it’s the first night of Passover, the celebration of the Israelites’ escape from Pharaonic tyranny. For the Yankees and their fans, it was opening day, with a 9-5 victory over Tampa Bay; a good first step on the Yankees’ road to redemption after years of high hopes and higher salaries have yielded nothing but towering pyramids of championship disappointment.
Bernie Williams, sadly, has looked upon the promised land but cannot enter; he rejected a non-roster invitation back to the Yankees when his contract expired last year. But batting mainstays Jorge Posada and Jason Giambi each contributed with the first home run of the season and three runs batted in respectively, while shlimazel-of-late Alex Rodriguez – recently in the media for his alleged tsuris with Derek Jeter – managed a home run as well. With the Devil Rays ahead by two runs in the sixth, Jeter hit a bases-loaded single to tie the game; Bobby Abreu weighed in with an RBI single in the eighth, and Rodriguez’s long-awaited homer brought in two more runs to put the Yankees well in the lead.
For tonight’s services, Rabbi Yonah Blum will be leading off with the Columbia’s best-advertised seder in Low Library at 7:45 p.m. Other hot prospects for your week of breadlessness include the regular Hillel Seder, held in James Room, Barnard Hall, 8:30 p.m. (registration closed: to see if they’ll let your people go, e-mail [email protected]); Ohel Ayalah, founded by JTS’s very own Rabbi Judith Hauptman, will be holding seders for the young and disconnected tonight and tomorrow.
In case you’re wondering what Columbia, Jews, and Yankees all have to do with each other, consider this tidbit from the CU250 website: if your parents demand you go to medical school or “what, you want we shouldn’t be proud of our son?,” remember that “Hilltop Stadium, on the site of the present Columbia University Medical Center (165th Street and Broadway), housed the New York Highlanders from 1903 to 1913. (The team’s current name: the Yankees.)” L’Chaim!