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On Sunday, the L.A. Dodgers hosted their first “Christian Faith and Family Day” at Chavez Ravine since 2019 and nearly two months since LA honored “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” an LGBT group whose past digs at religion drew criticism.
Following a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, hundreds of Dodgers fans remained seated to partake in the team’s “Christian Family and Faith” event.
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Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp performed at Dodger Stadium before and after the game.
Sunday’s postgame festivities included testimonies — emphasizing the importance of faith in God — from Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, third baseman Max Muncy, utility player Chris Taylor and movie star Chris Pratt.
Pratt was in charge of throwing Sunday’s ceremonial first pitch.
“My relationship w/ Christ is the most important thing in my life,” Roberts previously shared, when discussing the impact of faith on his life.
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Kershaw drew the most attention from the media once the event was announced.
The Dodgers pitcher objected to the celebration of the “Sisters” when the Pride Night event was first publicized in May.
Clayton Kershaw’s critics saw the revival of “Christian Faith and Family Night” — originally canceled due to COVID in 2020 — as a countermeasure to the Pride Night event featuring the “Sisters.” The ace called it coincidental timing.
OutKick’s Ian Miller attended the event on June 16 and noted that the Dodgers seemingly buried noise around it as 2,000 or so Dodgers fans showed up to protest.
While June’s event was met with backlash due to the “Sister’s” mockery of the Christian and Catholic faith, Sunday’s event was met with delight.
The LA team has long been worshipped by the Latino community of Southern California, so naturally the fanbase has a strong Catholic representation.
As detailed by Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott, fans in attendance for the event adamantly cheered Dave Roberts for his appearance at the faith-based event.
Elliott called it a “very forgiving crowd,” considering the team had just lost, 9-0, to Elly De La Cruz and the Cincinnati Reds.
To a degree, the Dodgers fans’ adoration after a deflating loss was emblematic of the idea of “grace” from the Christian doctrine.
The Dodgers have a real shot at feeling the wrath of God if they fail to win their upcoming series against the Oakland A’s.