The year was 2001.
At the time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the midst of a fierce battle for first place in the National League West. Led by slugging outfielder Shawn Green, the Dodgers were poised to make a run at a playoff berth heading into the final week of the season.
Then on August 26, Green, who was leading the club in almost every statistical category, decided to sit out the Dodger’s game against the Giants. Why? Green wanted to respect the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
“It’s something I feel is an important thing to do,” Green told ESPN. “To basically say that baseball, or anything, isn’t bigger than your religion and your roots.”