Catholic tailgaters face Good Friday quandary | Baseball Notebook
Catholic baseball fans in Milwaukee had to decide whether to abstain from eating meat before the Brewers' Good Friday season opener.
MILWAUKEE — A Good Friday home opener posed a spiritual dilemma for some Catholic baseball fans, who had to decide whether to abstain from eating meat before the Milwaukee Brewers' season opener.
"It's Miller Park, opening day — I think Jesus would turn the other cheek on this one," said Joey Curtin, a Catholic who grilled up stacks of brats and hot dogs with friends.
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki reminded Catholics of the solemnity of Good Friday.
"As much as we love the Brewers, unlike Jesus, they didn't die for your sins," he said in a statement. "With regard to beer and brats on Good Friday, let's just say that's why God created the three-game series."
Some Catholic Brewers fans were not deterred.
Dave Coenen was with a group that served bratwurst and elk sausage, as well as shrimp for those who wanted to abstain.
"You know, if God's going to keep me out of heaven for eating bratwurst on opening day, so be it," he said.
Ticket prices flat
NEW YORK — Baseball ticket prices are flat for the first time in two decades. The average is $26.92, up 1 cent from last season and the smallest increase in Team Marketing Report's 21-year history of surveys.
The NFL average last season was $77.36. The NHL average is $57.10. The NBA's is $48.48.
The Boston Red Sox have the highest average for a nonpremium ticket at $53.38, followed by the Yankees at $51.55.
San Diego has the lowest average at $15.67, followed by Arizona's $15.74.
The Mariners' average is $26.40.
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• Adam Dunn of the White Sox tied a major-league record with his eighth opening-day home run. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. also hit eight.
• Kendrys Morales returned to the Angels' lineup for the first time in nearly two years since he broke his ankle leaping onto the plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam.
• Andrew Bailey of the Red Sox had successful surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb and said he is "fairly confident" he will be back before the end of the season.
• The Dodgers filed a revised reorganization plan and said they are on track to exit bankruptcy as planned by April 30.
• The Yankees said they have no timetable for the return of RHP Michael Pineda, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He was acquired from the Mariners in the trade of C/DH Jesus Montero.