On the tenth anniversary of the tradition, more than 1200 Cleveland Indians fans packed into Progressive Field to attend a special celebration of Mass before the final regular season game.
For ten years, Cleveland Indians fans have arrived early to Progressive Field and filled up the mezzanine in the stands to attend a special liturgy service held before the final regular season game. This year, over 1500 tickets were sold on the tenth anniversary of the tradition. The service was celebrated by Father Bob Stec of the Saint Ambrose Parish in Brunswick.
In keeping with the occasion, Father Stec centered his homily around Saint Paul’s message in the readings for Sunday and related it to baseball and a sac fly. Saint Paul instructs us to put others in front of ourselves, much like a batter takes an out to allow his teammate to make a run.
“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:3-5
Father Stec concluded his homily by talking about the importance both the team and the fans have in the community, and how wonderful it was to be able to celebrate Mass in the stadium.
After the service, parishioners of Saint Ambrose led the stadium in performing the national anthem. The Indians ended up victorious in their final regular season game against the White Sox 3-1.