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It seems like everyone has an opinion on Shawn Green’s decision to sit out one game (but not two) games for Yom Kippur, so LAist will weigh in with our take. The fact of the matter is that it’s Shawn Green’s decision, and he can do whatever he damn wants without the fans, the Dodgers, or the Jewish community telling him what to do. This is coming from an LAist writer who will be fasting tomorrow.

Religion is personal. Shawn Green has improved his play this season to the point where he is an asset again in the lineup (albeit, an overpaid one). The last thing the Dodgers need is him struggling because of personal religious guilt. Green is setting a positive example for the Jewish community by at least sitting out one game, even if his perceived half-commitment seems like he’s trying to have it both ways.

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Of course if the Dodgers hadn’t played like choking dogs for the past month, none of this might have been an issue. But in the meantime, let Shawn Green be Shawn Green and practice his faith as he chooses.