Episcopal Priest Leads Singing of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ During Sunday Services

PASADENA, Calif. — An Episcopal priest led those gathered in the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during this past Sunday’s services, according to a video posted to social media and blog post about “Dodger Blue Sunday.”

The video was shared to the All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena page by attendee Rick Murphy, who wrote, “[T]hought he has seen everything. Thank you, Mike, for leading us in the following song.”

“Take me out to the ball game/Take me out with the crowd,” Rector Mike Kinman sang out, wearing a Dodgers baseball cap to boot. “Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks/ I don’t care if I never get back.”

The choir behind Kinman also joined in the song, some likewise wearing baseball caps and swinging their arms happily back and forth.

“Let me root, root, root/For the Dodgers/If they don’t win it’s a shame/For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out/At the old ball game,” those in attendance sang along, some holding their hands up in the air to count, one, two and three.

At the end of the song, the room erupted in applause and cheers.

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was sung during the offertory at the 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. services, according to a blog post on the matter and information provided by Director of Communications Susan Russell.

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“It was a day to celebrate the gift of moments of respite, of recreation, of joy and of plain old entertainment—and the fact that our home team was in the World Series for the first time in 29 years!” the post reads.

A photo shared under the Facebook video also shows a group of all ages gathered outside All Saints Episcopal, with most dressed in blue and some holding banners to show their support for the Dodgers.

Click here to view the video.

According to Mike Kinman’s biography on the All Saints Episcopal website, Kinman held a short stint as a sports writer and worked at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis prior to being elected in 2016 as rector in Pasadena, California.

“As the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis (2009-2016) Mike had a particular interest in the Cathedral’s role in dismantling systemic misogyny and homophobia and promoting racial and economic reconciliation in St. Louis—and with Christ Church Cathedral was active in the new civil rights movement that was ignited in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri,” it reads.

“Mike had a previous brief career as a sports writer and loves major league baseball and college basketball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Arizona Wildcats (from his hometown of Tucson, Arizona),” it continues. “He loves listening to U2 and the blues, is a voracious reader and loves everything Aaron Sorkin has ever written for the large and small screen.”

As previously reported, the late Leonard Ravenhill, a respected preacher and author who often mourned the state of American churches, once said, “People say we have no king and queen in America. I say we have a king in America. His name is ‘sport,’ and his wife’s name is ‘entertainment.’ And I’m convinced … that entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy.”

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  • Weary Warrior

    … and his resume includes promoting homosexuality.

  • Robin Egg

    Apostate church. May as well sing Take me out to the Ballgame. These people have no fear of God whatsoever. Makes me sick.

    • Eldrida Urika

      Are we not allowed to enjoy church services even for a short time, when from the article they all joined in a made a big deal out of it themselves.

      our home team was in the World Series for the first time in 29 years!

      They all wanted it and there is nothing that says they should deny everyone just that one day of celebration when it means that much to everyone.
      Religion is supposed to encourage fellowship and it certainly isn’t against God’s will to celebrate something that is as long as 26 years. I imagine that Church held Dodgers fans and it was totally appropriate to do a theme for the members.
      I believe that if your faith is strong, taking the occasional Sunday off to celebrate is not going to hurt it. We should be striving to have a strong faith in our own lives, and it’s nice to have a break from the trials and the burdens that we all have in our lives.
      Do you really think God would want them to not celebrate a victory like that? I think he’d be happy for the people who feel so good about the issue. It’s not like He is a drill Sargent and we can’t take a day off of being serious. We aren’t required to be serious all the time.
      God knows we are human and something from this day, that was not in the days of Jesus, was not addressed as a sin and it is not going directly against God by enjoying the game, in any way.
      So why is this making you sick?

    • Michael

      You are so right We have no fear of G-d. Why should we live in fear of a god who loves us without exception? So sorry your god would mow you down for having good old fun with America’s national pastime. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, there is room for you among us.

  • NCOriolesFan

    God and Baseball, the best 2 things in my life. Go Orioles.

  • Lydia Church

    What is he smoking? His green stole?

  • Paladin Roy

    “If they were of Me, such things would never have happened.” saith the Lord of Hosts.

  • mr goody two shoes

    WELL THE Church of England preachers are encouraged to wear a tiara and hold a tinker bell wand .It Could be this guy’s way of saying no to that.

  • Tony Demarcus, Ph.D., D.D.

    It’s an Episcopal “church”, no surprises here. The Bible teaches us that anything and everything that’s not of Jesus is of the devil. Matt 12:30. That church is, and has always been a satanist church.

  • Robin Egg

    Profaning God’s altar.