If the Houston Astros make it to the World Series — at this writing they’ve won their first play-off game against the Seattle Mariners; their third match is scheduled for Saturday night — fans can thank team manager Dusty Baker — along with a fresh baked challah and several quarts of matzah ball soup.
Baker stopped by Houston’s Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen just before Yom Kippur ended to load up on food to help Jewish star Alex Bregman break the fast.
“He said he wanted to do something really nice for Alex and he bought a substantial amount of food,” Ziggy Gruber told the Jewish Herald Voice. “I thought that was quite noble of him.
According to Gruber, the Astros manager walked out with enough to feed the entire team.
“He got a round challah, 3 pounds of pastrami, some corned beef, rye bread, potato salad, cole slaw, smoked fish, nova, bagels and — of course — a bunch of matzah ball soup,” Gruber said.
“Oh, and he also loaded up on dessert, with all kinds of rugelach and cookies,” he added.
Later in the day, talking to reporters, Baker said that he also gave some soup to ailing pitcher Luis Garcia.
“I got him some matzah ball soup, so he will probably be well tomorrow,” Baker told reporters. “He’s Venezuelan, so he’s probably never had matzah ball soup or heard of Yom Kippur.”
Bregman, who played on Yom Kippur, enters the postseason with 23 home runs and 93 runs batted in. The two-time all-star and World Series champion had a bar mitzvah in 2007 at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jewish Herald Voice via Jewish Telegraphic Agency