Mr Met is Now Rabbi Met

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Here’s a pretty strange story, with a weirder twist.

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that the kosher hot dog stands at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, can be open on Shabbat. But it’s not what you think. This isn’t the Mets forcing the stand to be open on Shabbat. It is, in fact, the exact opposite.

The Mets must have been worried that they would lose their kosher-eating clientele if their kosher hot dog stands were open on Friday night and Saturday day. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have banned Kosher Sports Inc. from serving their hot dogs on Shabbat. However, Kosher Sports Inc. felt like they were losing out on some well-deserved profit. They sued the Mets for 1 million dollars in lost earnings.

You read that right. It was the professional sports team that was defending the sanctity of Shabbat and not the kosher meat company.

But the judge sided with Kosher Sports. Questions remains though as to a) if the stands will be able to keep their hashgachah b) Even if they get a kosher seal from another company, how much business will they lose?

They must have figured out all the math in this (at least I hope) before they sued. If many kosher eating Jews won’t eat at a restaurant that is open on Shabbat, Kosher Sports Inc., in their heads, can’t be kosher. If they think they can take the hit on profits from that clientele, then I guess they have every right to be open on Friday night.

Posted on August 16, 2010

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5 thoughts on “Mr Met is Now Rabbi Met

  1. Ronan

    Financially, at least, they stand to gain. There are Muslims and others who prefer kosher to avoid eating pork. There are also the people who don’t otherwise care, but will buy if they are open and the most convenient stand. Finally, I would assume that if they still have the kosher seal, there are orthodox Jews who would still eat from their stand. What’s a ballgame without a hotdog?

  2. richard ben serai

    You’re kidding, right? Orthodox Jews attending a baseball game and buying food on Shabbat, really? What kind of Judaism exists in the United States, it must be pretty different from ours here in Australia. Many of our biggest sporting events happen here on the Shabbat and as soon as they came on the market, ‘Jewish’ areas were first to be flooded by video recorders that could be preset to record so that ‘the game’, be it Aussie Rules football (one of our teams is owned by a rabbi….true!), cricket, whatever, can be seen on Saturdat night or Sunday. Yes, we Aussies are as sports mad as you lot, but you won’t find kippurs in the crowd on Shabbat.

  3. Les

    I don’t fully understand. If the fans are truly Orthodox, they wouldn’t be going to a ball game on Shabbat.

  4. Jeremy Moses Post author

    You’re right that an Orthodox person would not go to a baseball game on Shabbat. The issue here is that if the stand is up on Shabbat, then it can’t be properly supervised, which would lead some kosher abiding people to not trust that the food is actually kosher.

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