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I’m Not Sure Why Evangelion ’s Opening Was Used in This Olympics Documentary, But It’s Sick

To be a director requires a lot of things, but also, sometimes it just means following your heart. Especially when your heart says “You know what this documentary needs? Neon Genesis Evangelion ’s A Cruel Angel’s Thesis .”

Three years ago, director Ondřej Hudeček released The Nagano Tapes , a documentary covering the 1998 Winter Olympics, and the story of how the Czech Republic—having been formed just five years prior after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia— defeated Russia to take its first gold at a Winter Olympics, in the first h ockey competition at the contest to allow NHL athletes to participate on teams hailing from their home countries. The documentary mostly went under the radar for much of the internet, which prefers pictures of cats and shitposts to sports documentaries about the contrasts between political and social upheaval in Eastern Europe of the late ‘90s and winter sports. Such a topic, admittedly, might make you wonder why io9 is covering it in the first place. It turns out it’s because Hudeček is a bit of a Hideaki Anno fan .

The Nagano Tapes was recently uploaded to the official Olympics website, making it accessible for free—and has now gone viral after people on social media noticed that Hudeček opens his documentary with a pastiche of one of the most iconic anime openings of all time: Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion . The director took to Twitter himself to celebrate that, finally , people had found his homage:

Set to Yoko Takahashi’s opening song for the 1995 mecha/existential crisis simulator anime, The Nagano Tapes intro ( check it out here , it starts roughly at 1:10) pays homage to   Evangelion ’s opening, quickly cutting footage of political unrest in the former Czechoslovakia and USSR with footage from h ockey matches and preparation for the 1998 games. The stark, black and white interstitial cards that break up Evangelion ’s opening remain, except instead of saying Eva terms like “NERV,” “Absolute Terror Field,” and “Tokyo-3,” they now read “Soviet Invasion”, “Capitalism,” and, of course, “Hockey.” Fun fact? Tokyo-2, the capital of Japan in Evangelion ’s post-apocalyptic lore, is actually based in what is actually Matsumoto City, in Nagano prefecture, roughly 30 miles from where the ‘98 Winter Games took place.

Why Hudeček decided to just go full on anime-nerd and set his documentary opening to A Cruel Angel’s Thesis is unknown, but honestly maybe the only reason we need is that it’s a certified banger , whether it’s soundtracking civil unrest and hockey or giant robots and traumatized pilots .

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Yoko Takahashi - The Cruel Angel's Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ) [Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis] Lyrics (Romanized)

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zankoku na tenshi no you ni shounen yo shinwa ni nare

aoi kaze ga ima mune no doa wo tataitemo Watashi dake wo tada mitsumete hohoenderu anata Sotto fureru mono motomeru koto ni muchuu de Unmei sae mada shiranai itaike na hitomi

dakedo itsuka kizuku deshou sono senaka ni wa Haruka mirai mezasu tame no hane ga aru koto

zankoku na tenshi no teeze madobe kara yagate tobitatsu Hotobashiru atsui patosu de omoide wo uragiru nara Kono sora wo daite kagayaku shounen yo shinwa ni nare

zutto nemutteru watashi no ai no yurikago Anata dake ga yume no shisha ni yobareru asa ga kuru Hosoi kubisuji wo tsukiakari ga utsushiteru Sekaijuu no toki wo tomete tojikometai kedo

moshi mo futari aeta koto ni imi ga aru nara Watashi wa sou jiyuu wo shiru tame no baiburu

zankoku na tenshi no teeze kanashimi ga soshite hajimaru Dakishimeta inochi no katachi sono yume ni mezameta toki Dare yori mo hikari wo hanatsu shounen yo shinwa ni nare

hito wa ai wo tsumugi nagara rekishi wo tsukuru Megami nante narenai mama watashi wa ikiru

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Yoko Takahashi - The Cruel Angel's Thesis Lyrics (Romanized)

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Yoko Takahashi - 残酷な天使のテーゼ Lyrics (Romanized)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening Theme Lyrics (Romanized)

Shinseiki Evangelion Opening Theme Lyrics (Romanized)

残酷な天使のように 少年よ神話になれ

蒼い風がいま 胸のドアを叩いても 私だけをただ見つめて微笑んでるあなた そっとふれるもの もとめることに夢中で 運命さえまだ知らない いたいけな瞳

だけどいつか気付くでしょう その背中には 遥か未来めざすための羽根があること

残酷な天使のテーゼ 窓辺からやがて飛び立つ ほとばしる熱いパトスで 思い出を裏切るなら この宇宙(そら)を抱いて輝く 少年よ神話になれ

ずっと眠ってる 私の愛の揺りかご あなただけが夢の使者に呼ばれる朝がくる 細い首筋を 月あかりが映してる 世界中の時を止めて閉じこめたいけど

もしもふたり逢えたことに意味があるなら 私はそう 自由を知るためのバイブル

残酷な天使のテーゼ 悲しみがそしてはじまる 抱きしめた命のかたち その夢に目覚めたとき 誰よりも光を放つ 少年よ神話になれ

人は愛をつむぎながら歴史をつくる 女神なんてなれないまま 私は生きる

残酷な天使のテーゼ 窓辺からやがて飛び立つ ほとばしる熱いパトスで 思い出を裏切るなら この宇宙を抱いて輝く 少年よ神話になれ

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Like a cruel angel, young boy, become a legend!

A blue wind is now knocking at the door to your heart, And yet you are merely gazing at me and smiling. Something gently touches, you’re so intent on seeking it out, That you can’t even see your fate yet, with such innocent eyes.

But someday I think you’ll find out that what’s on your back Are wings that are for heading for the far-off future.

The cruel angel’s thesis will soon take flight through the window, With surging hot pathos, if you betray your memories. Embracing this universe and shining, young boy, become a legend!

Sleeping for a long time in the cradle of my love The morning is coming when you alone will be called by a messenger of dreams. Moonlight reflects off the nape of your slender neck. Stopping time all throughout the world, I want to confine them, but…

So if two people being brought together by fate has any meaning, I think that it is a “bible” for learning freedom.

The cruel angel’s thesis. The sorrow then begins. You held tight to the form of life when you woke up from that dream. You shine brighter than anyone else. Young boy, become a legend!

People create history while weaving love. Even knowing I’ll never be a goddess, or anything like that, I live on.

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" A Cruel Angel's Thesis "  (残酷な天使のテーゼ, Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze ? , " Zankoku na Tenshi no These " in Japan) is the theme song of the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion performed by Yoko Takahashi . It is used as the opening to the series, and two instrumental versions of it are played in the final episode, " Take care of yourself. " These are "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" and "Good, or Don't Be", scored for violin, piano, and guitar. "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" is a somber and reflective piece for bowed strings and guitar, while "Good, or Don't Be" is played to a light piano and guitar tone. A similar version can also be heard during the intermission between the two parts of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth .

The single was released on October 25, 1995 with the part number KIDA-116 and it also reached a peak rank 17 in the Oricon album database, appearing in the ranks 61 times.

Unlike what is commonly assumed, this song was written without any involvement from the show's creators. [1] Anno originally wanted to use an excerpt from Borodin's Polovtsian Dances in the opening, but the producers did not approve of this and instead decided to use a J-Pop song, which eventually resulted in the creation of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis". The lyricist, Neko Oikama had next to no knowledge of the show. Oikama simply skimmed through a proposal of the show (possibly Neon Genesis Evangelion Proposal ) and watched unfinished versions of two episodes on fast forward, only serving to broadly "fit" the anime after the fact. [2] [3] [4] Oikama took inspiration for the title from the manga A Cruel God Reigns . [5] She said the lyrics "become a legend" were originally "become a weapon". She was orientated that the show was "difficult and philosphical". Oikama described it as: "older women", "mothers" and "14-year-old boys and girls", and decided to make it about the perspective of a mother when her child "leaves the nest". [6] The original song included a male chorus, which was cut at director Hideaki Anno's request in order to "emphasize maternal affection". [7] The writing process for Episode:01 took as long as six months, [8] and the opening sequence was not yet finished. [9] [10] Singer Yoko Takahashi was also brought in relatively haphazardly and had no knowledge of the series, and would only see the opening featuring her voice when it aired on TV. [11] She had also first met Anno on the day of recording. [12]

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During the instrumental break in the middle of the song, a chorus can be heard. The lyrics to the chorus are not in Japanese, nor in any other recognizable language. According to the January 1996 issue of Newtype magazine, the lyrics can be phonetically transliterated into Japanese as 「ファリィア。セタ(or セパ)メッソ。ファリィア。トゥスェ」 "Fariya. Seta (or sepa) messo. Fariya. Tuse" , and they are supposedly written in an untranslated language passed down from ancient times. One could entertain the possibility that they are written in the same language as that of the Dead Sea Scrolls . [14]

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  • " Zankoku na Tenshi no These 2009 VERSION "
  • " Zankoku na Tenshi no These MATSURI SPIRIT "

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  • 「残酷な天使のテーゼ」MUSIC VIDEO(HDver.)/Zankoku na Tenshi no Te-ze“The Cruel Angel's Thesis” at King Records' YouTube channel

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  • ↑ "Producer Ootsuki said he allowed Anno to do whatever he wanted in the anime except for the theme music. Ootsuki was particular about the theme and handled the music staff by himself. No anime staff, even Anno, met the music staff, he said." - Yuko Miyamura, BS AnimeYAWA
  • ↑ “My manager got the job, we had a quick meeting lasting about 30 minutes, skim-read the proposal and watched two episodes on fast-forward. And with that I was told ‘so, yeah, just write whatever you want!’, and finished the song [lyrics] in about two hours. Sorry to burst your bubble, guys!” https://soranews24.com/2015/01/08/a-cruel-angels-thesis-took-just-two-hours-to-write-says-evangelion-lyricist-neko-oikawa
  • ↑ "I hadn't watch Eva and wrote it in 2 hours. I don't even know what the story is or who is fighting who." https://twitter.com/otakucalendarjp/status/1356542049751687171
  • ↑ She also professed that she didn't know much about Neon Genesis Evangelion when she first wrote the song, and she still hasn't watched the series. "It's a finished job, so [I'm] not really [interested]," she said. When she wrote the song, the anime hadn't been finished yet and she only had the proposal and the first two or three minutes to go by. "It wasn't even colored. I wrote the song, and my job was done. I wrote it in about two hours." - https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2021-02-03/lyricist-neko-oikawa-shares-how-she-was-scammed-out-of-her-evangelion-royalty-money/.169084
  • ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20160830224921/http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/11939169
  • ↑ https://www.sankei.com/west/news/161228/wst1612280011-n1.html
  • ↑ Refrain of Evangelion OST Booklet, 2003.
  • ↑ 2nd JUNE interview
  • ↑ Notenki Memoirs
  • ↑ According to Hidenori Matsubara during the Animazement 2015 convention, "the song was created before they even got done with animation for the opening theme. Strangely enough, the song manage to go along with the opening animation."
  • ↑ Yoko Takahashi Performs Neon Genesis Evangelion Theme, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” to Excited Crowd at Anime Expo 2015 in LA
  • ↑ —When was your first meeting with Mr. Anno? "It was on the day of recording. As I said earlier, when I entered the studio before anyone else to get ready, even while I couldn't afford, a man dressed in black and wearing sandals suddenly appeared. I didn't know who it was, but I just said hi, and he was actually Mr. Anno (Hideaki). It was a shocking encounter (laughs)." - Yoko Takahashi: EVANGELION FINALLY (2020)
  • ↑ https://www.animelyrics.com/anime/eva/ngetnshi.jis
  • ↑ http://www.mars.dti.ne.jp/~yato/eva/ura.htm
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  • 3 Kaworu Nagisa



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[Analysis] Yoko Takahashi - A Cruel Angel's Thesis by Animenz

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Yoko Takahashi is a Japanese singer and songwriter known for her contributions to the music industry, particularly in anime theme songs. She was born on August 28, 1966, in Tokyo, Japan. Takahashi gained widespread recognition for her iconic song "A Cruel Angel's Thesis," which served as the opening theme song for the popular anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" in 1995.

The song became a significant hit and is still widely recognized and celebrated as one of the most iconic anime theme songs ever. Aside from her work on "Neon Genesis Evangelion," Yoko Takahashi has also performed theme songs for other anime series, including "Martian Successor Nadesico," "Memories Off," and "Golden Boy."

She has released numerous albums and singles throughout her career, showcasing her versatility as a singer and songwriter. Takahashi's music often combines pop, rock, and electronic elements, and her powerful and distinctive voice has made her a beloved figure in the anime music scene. Her contributions to the industry have earned her a dedicated fan base both in Japan and internationally.

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A Cruel Angel's Thesis: A Powerful Anthem of Neon Genesis Evangelion

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A Cruel Angel's Thesis is a song composed by Hidetoshi Sato and performed by Yoko Takahashi. It serves as the opening theme song for the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, created by Hideaki Anno. The song was released in 1995 as part of the soundtrack for the anime.

Composed in the key of D minor, A Cruel Angel's Thesis has a distinct and energetic sound. The song combines elements of pop, rock, and electronic music, creating a catchy and memorable tune. It features strong guitar riffs, upbeat synthesizer melodies, and dynamic vocals. Lyrically, the song touches upon themes of self-discovery, loneliness, and the struggle to find one's place in the world.

The lyrics are in Japanese and reflect the introspective and philosophical nature of the anime series. The song's title itself, A Cruel Angel's Thesis, suggests a contrast between angelic and cruel aspects, reflecting the complex and often contradictory themes explored in Neon Genesis Evangelion. A Cruel Angel's Thesis became a massive success in Japan and gained international recognition as well. Its popularity can be attributed not only to its catchy composition but also to its association with the groundbreaking and influential nature of the anime series. The song has been covered and remixed by various artists and has remained a beloved and iconic piece of anime music since its release.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Original Soundtrack

A Cruel Angel's Thesis

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- Artist: Yoko Takahashi

- Released: October, 25th, 1995

- Anime:Neon Genesis Evangelion

- Label: Starchild

- Music: Shiro Sagisu

- Genre: Jpop

- Key: C Minor

- Length: 4'05"

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The song is an iconic song, for both anime and non-anime lovers equally. Having said that if there is anime OST, then Animenz would have or will be soon covering it on his piano. He describes that this song was a bit challenging but he still managed to make it his style, adding the orchestra style in the arranging.

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The original song starts with the beats of drums which is a memorable part, and with that, there are lyrics again. The song where the protagonist is Shinji Ikari, falling in love and earning for it. Shinji desperately needs to be loved and to the point where it causes him to take wrong decisions.

The singer hopes for Shinji to get better in love and find happiness. The song and the soothing voice of Yoko Takahashi bring out the essence and feelings of Shinji more promptly. The song has the same beats till the last stanza of the first verse where the singer also takes a bit of a higher pitch and then there is a pause to take the chorus of the song.

Animenz’s takes a bit faster note. There is still the essence of the original composition but the bits of his own added varieties. He starts with a slower tone, and then the next time pitch and volume of the song has been increased. Then again he keeps up the beat till he reaches the chorus of the song.

The singer sings this in a higher pitch and the background sound seems to be in similar beats. The song here talks about the plan of the series. Then it talks about Shinji in the finale of the Eva-1 [spoilers ahead] in space and becomes a ‘God-like’ legend. Hence for shading the part where the boy will go forward and become a legend.

Animenz’s song is very upbeat and can be a stand-alone piano piece and itself. The song is arranged here that way and then added the left-hand accompaniment as Animenz didn’t quite understand the ‘mysterious guitar solo’ part even though he has listened to the song many many times. The hand synchronization is highly commendable and the way his fingers play on the piano is a treat to the eyes and ears.


There is an instrumental part before going to the next verse. It has similar beats following as the earlier but in the middle, there is a short part where it feels that the song has gotten slower but then it gets back on the similar beats fast.

Because the Animenz wasn’t about the original harmonics of the song so he added his own piano solo in this part, he used jazz to lyrical style here. He tried to be as minimalist with his approach, in doing so he did it by reducing two bass notes in the left hand as he wanted the attention to be on the upcoming choir.

Just after the instrumental piece the singer again starts to sing about Shinji. Some talk about the anime and his character in the anime. Singer also sings about wishing Shinji to have his own happiness. This also talks about Shinji’s relationship with the characters of the anime, while the biblical-themed story continues. The song again has a bit higher pitch before starting the chorus.

In Animenz’s version, he follows a similar approach as the previous verse. The atmosphere is a bit faster than the original song and the way his fingers dance on the song is admirable. This is one of the best versions of the song on piano ever made. The song is again played lightly on the piano.

The original song also starts as the previous chorus and with the same energy and beats the singer continues to sing the part. The lyrics have many references to the ongoing story from the anime. Shinji had behaviour to escape and abandoning pattern. But this time singer is praising Shinji and leaving his behaviour. Yet again ending in the part where the singer sings about Shinji becoming the future legend.

In Animenz’s this part is played with an amazing finger movement and the arrangement feels magical. With the gliding of the piano from right to left and differentiating the next piece. This has the same atmosphere and environment built as the original song. On YouTube, this is most times a repeated part of the song. Then the song has a similar feeling as the previous chorus.

There is a bridge in the song with a small stanza. This line has the singer telling Shinji that there is help. Again, raising Shinji to God status, and talking about making history. After this comes the final chorus.

Animenz’s version is also short as the original version. The speed and the song’s tempo are decreased in this part. The keys are played softly. And with the song the Animenz picks up the speed of the piano. Then he plays the short part with his right hand only. Then continues with both hands. Then goes on to play the final chorus.

Then comes the final chorus of the song. This is the short chorus as compared to the other chorus of the song. It talks to stay true to the desecrated symphony and not to betray the memories.

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Notably, this marks the first time the Animenz has utilized the C8 note in any of their arrangements (as of the posting of the song). These artistic choices contribute to the dynamic and emotive qualities of the arrangement, elevating the overall impact of the song.

This is the final part of the song. The final refrain again talks about the boy drifting and going to the galaxy and shining with the stars. Henceforth the boy will become a legend.

Animenz’s plays this part of the song softly and continuously to repeatedly play it. The main part of the song is repeated and played around nine times throughout the song, but while listening or for Animenz to play it repeatedly never got boring.

Finally, the song ends softly on the final keys played at the right-hand side of the piano and the final note played by the left hand at the left-most side of the piano.

Also, check out the live singing of Yoko Takahashi posted on YouTube by Japoin TV.

In conclusion, the world of anime soundtracks has been forever transformed by the extraordinary talent of pianist Animenz. Through his breathtaking piano arrangements, he has taken iconic songs like A Cruel Angel's Thesis and infused them with his unique classical style. These arrangements not only breathe new life into beloved OSTs but also ensure their lasting captivation for years to come. By joining us on this musical journey, you'll experience the magic firsthand and be transported back into the storylines, reliving the emotions and discovering hidden plotlines through the mesmerizing melodies. Prepare to be amazed as Animenz's hands dance effortlessly across the keys, painting a vivid musical picture that ignites your imagination. Whether you're a devoted anime fan or simply appreciate the beauty of piano music, this adventure is one you won't want to miss. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Animenz's anime piano arrangements and let the melodies speak to your heart like never before. Get ready to be captivated, to feel the music deep within your soul, and to unlock the timeless allure of his extraordinary talent. Step into the world of Animenz and let the melodies carry you away on a journey you'll never forget.

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Latitude varies from −90° to 90°. The latitude of the Equator is 0°; the latitude of the South Pole is −90°; the latitude of the North Pole is 90°. Positive latitude values correspond to the geographic locations north of the Equator (abbrev. N). Negative latitude values correspond to the geographic locations south of the Equator (abbrev. S).

Longitude is counted from the prime meridian ( IERS Reference Meridian for WGS 84) and varies from −180° to 180°. Positive longitude values correspond to the geographic locations east of the prime meridian (abbrev. E). Negative longitude values correspond to the geographic locations west of the prime meridian (abbrev. W).

UTM or Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system divides the Earth’s surface into 60 longitudinal zones. The coordinates of a location within each zone are defined as a planar coordinate pair related to the intersection of the equator and the zone’s central meridian, and measured in meters.

Elevation above sea level is a measure of a geographic location’s height. We are using the global digital elevation model GTOPO30 .

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Victor M. Mukhin was born in 1946 in the town of Orsk, Russia. In 1970 he graduated the Technological Institute in Leningrad. Victor M. Mukhin was directed to work to the scientific-industrial organization "Neorganika" (Elektrostal, Moscow region) where he is working during 47 years, at present as the head of the laboratory of carbon sorbents.     Victor M. Mukhin defended a Ph. D. thesis and a doctoral thesis at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (in 1979 and 1997 accordingly). Professor of Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. Scientific interests: production, investigation and application of active carbons, technological and ecological carbon-adsorptive processes, environmental protection, production of ecologically clean food.   

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Hockey Club Dinamo Elektrostal is a field hockey team from Russia, based in Moscow. The club was founded in 1994.

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  • Official name : Hockey Club Dinamo Elektrostal
  • Country : Russia
  • Location : Moscow
  • Founded : 1994
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  • Best result : First Round in 2021/2022
  • Best result : 1st
  • 1 times first in 2010
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MLB Power Rankings: Damn, Yankees! New York, Milwaukee get off to hot start

By Tim Britton, Chad Jennings and Kaitlyn McGrath

We’re not even a week into the season, and already benches have cleared twice. Save some of that for September, fellas. It’s a long season.

But Opening Weekend always carries a little more weight than is logical. It’s been a weird offseason. Some elite free agents signed only a few weeks ago, loads of No. 1 starters are already on the IL, and the sport’s biggest story is a gambling investigation that involves its most famous player. This sport has been begging for games that matter. And now we have them .


So, what did we learn from this opening slate? There’s no massive shakeup at the top of our list — the Braves and Dodgers still stand apart  — but Nos. 3 through 11 are mostly a murky group of American League teams without a universal standout. So, when the Yankees sweep one of those top-10 teams — in this case: the Astros , on the road, when Houston was previously No. 3 on our list — it creates significant movement. The Yankees made our biggest jump, up seven spots, but they were one of three teams to receive multiple votes at No. 3 from our voting body (and they were among the six teams that got votes at either No. 5 or 6).

It’s early and with our small sample size, we’re still learning what’s real and what’s not. Here’s our latest ranking, with one big thing we learned about each team on Opening Weekend.

1. Atlanta Braves

Record: 3-1 Preseason Power Ranking: 1

One big thing: As if Atlanta’s world-beating lineup needed the help, Jarred Kelenic sure looked worth the club’s offseason investment in him. Here’s how many at-bats it’s taken Kelenic to get his fifth major-league hit of the season in the past:

2021: 28 2022: 28 2023: 20 2024: 8

Those first four hits came out of the ninth spot, three of them in Saturday’s bludgeoning of the Phillies’ Aaron Nola . The fifth was a double while pinch-hitting late against Seranthony Dominguez Sunday.

Kelenic was once a top prospect for a reason, and for all his initial big-league struggles in Seattle, he was an above-average hitter for the Mariners last season. If he improves on that baseline as the ninth-place hitter in Atlanta? Get out of here.

Oh, Chris Sale’s good , too. — Tim Britton

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 5-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 2

One big thing: Yoshinobu Yamamoto ’s first start went about as poorly as possible, ending after one 43-pitch inning in Seoul, South Korea. His second start, in unusually dreary conditions for Southern California, came as advertised . The righty struck out the side in the first inning and five Cardinals total over five one-hit innings. He didn’t walk anybody and looked, more than anything, in control of his delivery and arsenal.

The Dodgers are the Dodgers, and you must break out the magnifying glass to hunt for weaknesses. (Late in spring they had no shortstop; now they have the best one in baseball! ) The rotation was a glaring weakness late last season, and as much as they preach patience for Yamamoto over the life of his 12-year deal, their hopes for a 2024 title revolve around him looking like Saturday’s version pretty often. — Britton

3. Baltimore Orioles

Record: 3-1 Preseason Power Ranking: 4

One big thing: The Orioles surprised many last year with their 101-win season. But no one is taking the defending AL East champs lightly this season. A new era has dawned in Baltimore, with new ownership taking over — and, as our Brittany Ghiroli wrote , it’s scary how bright the future looks in Baltimore.

Our big takeaway is that the Orioles gave credence to those picking them as World Series contenders this year with a convincing series win against the Los Angeles Angels , whom they outscored 24-7 in the first two games of the series before dropping the finale. The Orioles’ lineup looks deep and it doesn’t yet include their No. 1 prospect Jackson Holliday , who, uh, already looks pretty comfortable in Triple A and is making the Orioles’ decision to keep him down look sillier by the game. — Kaitlyn McGrath

4. New York Yankees

Record: 5-0 Preseason Power Ranking: 10

One big thing: Let’s not overthink this. Yes, it was helpful that Oswaldo Cabrera proved a worthy fill-in for injured DJ LeMahieu at third base (two home runs in the first three games, each a one-run win) and the Yankees’ pitching was good, but this was Juan Soto ’s weekend. From the throw on Opening Day to the three hits in Game 2 to the go-ahead homer on Saturday to the ninth-inning game-winning RBI on Sunday, Soto made his presence felt.

And the Yankees certainly need him to be a presence. Soto might even be responsible for all of those out-of-the-gate Cabrera hits.

The spectacular Juan Soto! What an Opening Weekend for the newest Yankee superstar. ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/TpUCo619kC — MLB (@MLB) April 1, 2024

The Yankees didn’t get Shohei Ohtani or Yoshinobu Yamamoto (or any other top-10 free agent, for that matter). Their ace is hurt, and their division is loaded. But they still got off to a hot start, in no small part because Soto was one of the most productive players in the sport. — Chad Jennings

5. Houston Astros

Record: 1-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 3

One big thing: A slight drop from our preseason rankings, but a notable one because the biggest thing the Astros took out of Opening Weekend was a big, fat zero in the win column. Swept by the Yankees, the Astros found multiple ways to lose their first four games. They blew an early lead in the season opener, scored just one run in Game 2, and their late-inning trio of should-be-good relievers lost Games 3 and 4.

The bullpen struggles probably stand out the most. The Astros’ biggest offseason addition was closer Josh Hader , who gave up a pair of costly, two-out singles on Sunday. The day before, Bryan Abreu got knocked around . (Both relievers were victimized by Juan Soto, so maybe that was the common thread.) With Justin Verlander and José Urquidy on the IL, the rest of the staff will have to pick up some early slack. That didn’t happen enough this weekend. ( Editor’s note : It did happen late Monday night, however, when Ronel Blanco threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 rout of the Blue Jays .) — Jennings

6. Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 2-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 5

One big thing: Zach Eflin is the least of the Rays’ pitching concerns, so his Opening Day dud was relatively easy to dismiss as a one-off. For a rotation that opened with five starters on the IL, depth feels most problematic, but Aaron Civalle went six innings, one run in Game 2, and Zack Littell followed with six scoreless in Game 3. (The opener strategy fell flat in Game 4.)

Littell is the latest in a long line of pitchers the Rays have plucked out of nowhere (in this case, the waiver wire) and turned into a legit big leaguer seemingly overnight (he had a 3.93 ERA in his first extended look as a major-league starter). His first start of the year was another good one, which is a good sign for a Rays rotation that needs to keep this team afloat until some pitching reinforcements return from the injured list. If the Rays’ pitching development machine can keep churning out arms, they will remain a don’t-underestimate-them threat in the American League.  — Jennings

7. Seattle Mariners

Record: 3-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 7

One big thing: The Mariners got a pair of gems out of their young starters in George Kirby and Logan Gilbert, and once again, Seattle is showing early that they’ll be a pitching powerhouse. The Mariners split their series against the Red Sox , thanks in part to some heroics from the face of the franchise, Julio Rodríguez .

At 23 years old, Rodríguez has already accomplished a lot in the game — but, somewhat surprisingly, missing from his list of accomplishments was a walk-off hit. Clearly, this gap in his C.V. was nagging at him. Rodríguez hit a walk-off single in extra innings on Saturday. His feat salvaged a 12-strikeout start from Gilbert. — McGrath

8. Arizona Diamondbacks

Record: 3-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 8

One big thing: The biggest thing the Diamondbacks accomplished on Opening Weekend didn’t happen on the field (although, yes, scoring a franchise-record 14 runs in an inning is impressive). What got our attention was the team officially introducing starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery during their series win over the Rockies .

Days before Opening Day, Arizona signed the 31-year-old left-hander to a one-year, $25-million deal with a vesting option for 2025. Representing the last of the Boras Four, Montgomery took a similar path to the players before him and settled for a short-term deal with a high AAV. It’s a bargain deal for the Diamondbacks, who don’t seem content to bask in last year’s Cinderella run to the World Series. They’re in for a tough battle in a competitive NL West, but Arizona is showing that the snakes are indeed alive . — McGrath

9. Philadelphia Phillies

Record: 1-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 6

One big thing: We don’t want to blow one bad Aaron Nola start — against Atlanta, at that — out of proportion, so let’s take a look at J.T. Realmuto ’s opening weekend. The catcher had his worst offensive season last year since 2015, with a career-low batting average and career-high strikeouts. He embarked last winter on some swing changes in the club’s hitting lab , and the early results were promising.

Realmuto had three hits in 10 at-bats over the weekend, with a home run and another ball threatening the seats. Philadelphia ’s lineup is strong, of course, but not without question marks, especially about some right-handed hitters. Getting Realmuto, the Phillies’ cleanup hitter all three days this weekend, closer to the offensive force he was ahead of 2023 could mitigate a lot of those other concerns. — Britton

10. Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 2-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 11

One big thing: The Blue Jays split a series at Tropicana Field, typically a House of Horrors for them. George Springer hit two home runs . They were a part of a benches-clearing incident and one of their relievers received a three-game suspension from MLB (he’s appealing). And the club even got a gem out of Kevin Gausman .

But none of those are the big thing. The big thing is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. , who looked much like the guy who went toe-to-toe with Shohei Ohtani in 2021 for the AL MVP award. In four games, the Blue Jays first baseman hit .308/.500/.538 and launched a home run 450 feet (actually Vlad thought it went a little farther than that). Per Statcast, it’s the longest home run so far this season. It’s a minuscule sample size, of course, but if Guerrero can maintain this pace, he’ll help Toronto climb our rankings. — McGrath

11. Texas Rangers

Record: 3-1 Preseason Power Ranking: 9

One big thing: It took just three games for 22-year-old Wyatt Langford to hit second in the Rangers’ lineup. Granted, it was because Corey Seager had Sunday off following an abbreviated spring training and an offseason sports hernia surgery, but still, the decision to give the spot to a kid with only 44 games of minor-league experience — Langford was drafted last summer — spoke volumes about the Rangers’ belief that he’s going to be a real difference-maker right away. He came out of the gate with a .900 OPS in his first three games. He’s already been intentionally walked once. He even made a nice catch on Sunday against the Cubs , his first game in the field.

If you’re the glass-half-empty type, José Leclerc ’s rough start to the year was one big thing keeping the Rangers from sweeping their Opening Weekend. But in a weekend of banners and rings, Langford provided some hope of doing it again.  — Jennings

12. Minnesota Twins

Record: 2-1 Preseason Power Ranking: 13

One big thing: The Twins won their series against the Kansas City Royals , but at what cost? All we can think about is that Royce Lewis , the Twins’ budding star, is hurt — again! As a tease, Lewis homered and then singled in his first two at-bats on Opening Day  before getting injured while running the bases . The third baseman suffered a severe right quadriceps strain and it could sideline him for several months, our Dan Hayes reported. The good news is he won’t need surgery, at least.

It’s yet another cruel twist in Lewis’ young career and it is the third major injury for him since 2021. Another long-term injury to Lewis truly hurts us all because he is a treat to watch. Losing him for an extended stretch will put the Twins’ depth to the test, as well, but their ranking suggests they remain the favorite to come out of the cushy AL Central. — McGrath

13. San Diego Padres

Record: 3-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 14

One big thing: We can probably all agree that focusing on a team-wide batting split over a half-dozen games is foolish — that they play 162 games so weirdness can balance out. But weirdness didn’t balance out for the 2023 Padres , who underperformed their run differential by 10 games largely because their offense disappeared in the most important moments of tight contests. No team in baseball was worse last season (compared to its usual production) in late and close spots than San Diego.

This year, the Padres have crushed the ball in that situation, limited as that sample has been. Statistically significant? Not really. Mentally meaningful? It always helps to get good results, especially when the calendar turns, to avoid that “not again” feeling. — Britton

14. San Francisco Giants

Record: 2-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 12

One big thing: Jung Hoo Lee ’s first day in the majors? Oof. The guy signed to put the ball in play struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat, and when he did get his first big-league hit, he was promptly picked off.

Jung Hoo Lee’s next three days in the majors? Wow.

Lee recovered from an inauspicious debut to show off the skills that prompted the Giants to hand him a nine-figure deal in the winter. He didn’t strike out again after that first one against Yu Darvish , and he only swung and missed once the rest of the weekend. When he made contact, which was often, it was hard. Oh, and he parked one in the seats off lefty specialist Tom Cosgrove Saturday night, for all of us wondering how his power might play stateside. — Britton

The Korean call of Jung Hoo Lee's first MLB homer is ELECTRIC 🎙️ pic.twitter.com/n70JjrhYF1 — SFGiants (@SFGiants) April 1, 2024

15. Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 3-0 Preseason Power Ranking: 22

One big thing: We learned that Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins has earned himself boos for life at Citi Field. How exactly did Hoskins become the main character in Queens during Opening Weekend?

It began on Friday when the Brewers first baseman slid hard — but legally — into second base, and Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil took umbrage with the play because, in his view, the slide was late. That led to benches briefly clearing. For Hoskins’ second act, he had a three-hit, four RBI performance on Saturday during which Mets reliever Yohan Ramírez also threw behind Hoskins. Ramírez was later issued a three-game suspension . The Brewers walked away from the dramatic series with a sweep while Hoskins may have moved up a few notches on the Mets’ villains list. — McGrath

16. Chicago Cubs

Record: 2-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 15

One big thing: Even if the Cubs had swept the defending champion Rangers instead of losing two of three, the biggest takeaway here would be the injury to ace Justin Steele . The lefty was every bit as sharp as he’d been during his breakthrough 2023 against Texas’ excellent lineup when he strained his hamstring fielding a bunt. Although it’s only a Grade 1 strain, that still means Steele’s next big-league start is probably not until May. In the meantime, the Cubs will host the Dodgers and Astros around a three-city West Coast swing.


Despite sloppy play, Cubs avoid sweep in Texas and have some positives to lean on

Injuries to your rotation this early in the season, though frequent, can be especially difficult to handle. The rest of your staff might not be built up to handle a larger part of the innings burden, and your best pitching prospects aren’t as ready now as they might be come summer. As evidence of that latter note, see the rough second inning of Ben Brown ’s major-league debut Saturday. — Britton

17. St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 2-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 18

One big thing: The Cardinals were in position to split their season-opening series with the Dodgers, despite a 1-for-16 weekend from Nolan Arenado, thanks to a strong Sunday start from Steven Matz . The inability of a makeshift St. Louis bullpen to get that lead across the finish line shouldn’t undercut the importance of that effort from Matz, who remains a key part of a rotation that has to be significantly better than a year ago.

Matz returned from his bullpen exile last summer to post seven outstanding starts (1.86 ERA, 38-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio) in July and August — before hitting the IL with a season-ending lat strain. Facing Los Angeles’ potent lineup Sunday, he looked reasonably close to that version of himself, lasting into the sixth despite a tight pitch count. — Britton


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18. Cleveland Guardians

Record: 3-2 Preseason Power Ranking: T-20

One big thing: Six pitchers in major league history have recorded double-digit strikeouts in at least three Opening Day starters: Bob Gibson, Pedro Martinez , Randy Johnson, Félix Hernández, Max Scherzer and — as of Thursday — Shane Bieber . The Guardians’ season opener was an impressive return to dominance for their longtime ace who didn’t have double-digit strikeouts in any of his 21 starts last season but struck out 11 A’s on Opening Day . Granted, the opposing lineup was exactly Murderers’ Row, but still, that Game 1 start was a reminder that Bieber is still just 28 years old with a Cy Young Award to his name.

Sure, the Guardians had a relatively easy opening matchup, and they lost on a bases-loaded walk Sunday, but they largely took advantage of the series, taking three out of four and offering a reminder that they have the most proven ace in the AL Central. — Jennings

19. Detroit Tigers

Record: 4-0 Preseason Power Ranking: T-20

One big thing: If Kenta Maeda hadn’t thrown a dud in his season debut, the Tigers might have put up the best pitching numbers in baseball during Opening Weekend. Even with Maeda’s rocky Saturday, the Tigers pitched to a 2.57 ERA — third-best in baseball — this weekend. Tarik Skubal was terrific on Opening Day, Jack Flaherty was excellent in finishing off the sweep, and Jason Foley already has two saves as the Tigers bullpen combined for one run on four hits in 12 2/3 innings.

The Tigers offense wasn’t great — though, three cheers for Andy Ibáñez — but the pitching was enough to run away with the series. This weekend brought out some of the best in this team . Now, the real trick is to do it against a team that’s not the White Sox . — Jennings

20. Cincinnati Reds

Record: 3-1 Preseason Power Ranking: 16

One big thing: The Reds are a fun, youthful team, and yet, what was most memorable about their Opening Day was some home run magic from a 33-year-old journeyman.

Before this season, Nick Martini had never made an Opening Day roster — heck, he’d never even played one of his previous 112 MLB games earlier than May. But after earning his first Opening Day start, Martini made the most of it, hitting home runs on his first two swings. After the Reds’ 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals , Martini was still in disbelief, our C. Trent Rosecrans wrote . It was a sequence fit for the final 30 minutes of a Disney movie. There are plenty of forgettable moments across a 162-game baseball season, but it’s magical moments like this one that remind us why it’s worth tuning in. — McGrath

21. Boston Red Sox

Record: 3-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 19

One big thing: The biggest takeaway from the Red Sox’s opening weekend might have been the rotation — a perceived weakness — which performed quite well in a four-game split against the Mariners. Give them a healthy Rafael Devers in Game 2 ( when the Red Sox were shut out ) or a healthy Kenley Jansen in Game 3 ( when the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the 10th) and the Red Sox might have won the series.

With apologies to Tyler O’Neill , who homered in his fifth-straight Opening Day, then again on Sunday, it was the Red Sox’s rotation that stole the show this weekend. Brayan Bello , Nick Pivetta , Kutter Crawford and Garrett Whitlock combined for a 1.64 ERA through 22 innings. They walked one and struck out 27.  The rotation doesn’t have to be that good to significantly exceed expectations and just maybe give the Red Sox a shot. — Jennings

22. Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 5-0 Preseason Power Ranking: 24

One big thing: The Pirates were undoubtedly the first-quarter darlings last season and their 4-0 start this weekend against the Miami Marlins has them once again looking dangerous. But one key thing we learned about the Pirates last weekend is that the future of their pitching staff looks scary.

First, rookie Jared Jones struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings in his electric debut on Saturday, becoming the 31st pitcher in MLB ’s modern history — since 1900 — to strike out 10 or more in his major-league debut, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The right-hander recorded 22 whiffs, also a record for a pitcher in his debut in the pitch tracking era (since 2008), per MLB.com . And if that wasn’t enough, Pirates top pitching prospect Paul Skenes struck out five over three scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut last weekend. MLB.com reported that Skenes, the 2023 first-overall draft pick, averaged 100.1 mph on his fastball and touched 101.2 mph. Wowza. — McGrath

23. New York Mets

Record: 0-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 17

One big thing: In a weekend sweep that heightened any concerns you might have had about this Mets team entering the season, Luis Severino ’s subpar performance Saturday still stood out. The club’s biggest upside play in free agency, Severino had delivered his first healthy spring since 2018, looking sharp to boot. In his first regular-season start with the Mets, he allowed six runs on a dozen hits in five innings. Afterward, his manager defined Severino’s issues as his location, the lack of bite on his slider and diminishing ride on his fastball. Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

One start is one start, and nobody reasonable was crushing the Dodgers for signing Yoshinobu Yamamoto for one bad start in Seoul. But Severino’s first start of 2024 looked awfully similar to a lot of his starts in 2023, and the Mets need someone better than that version. — Britton

24. Los Angeles Angels

Record: 2-2 Preseason Power Ranking: 25

One big thing: If only it had been that Mike Trout home run on Opening Day. Third at-bat of the season, a generational talent goes deep to announce his return to prominence after a season lost mostly to injury? That would have been pretty special, but after the homer, Trout was 1-for-9 with five strikeouts the rest of the weekend.

Instead, the big thing was either the team meeting after Game 2 — stunningly early for such a thing — or the Game 3 win that followed. Sunday’s win to avoid a series sweep came with five strong innings from Reid Detmers, who’s trying to prove himself as a top-of-the-rotation starter and struck out seven in his season debut. Our Angels power ranking suggests we’re willing to believe in a Detmers breakout more than an Angels playoff run. — Jennings

25. Kansas City Royals

Record: 1-3 Last Power Ranking: 26

One big thing: Is it going to be like this all year with the Royals? A couple of one-run games when the young lineup just can’t do much, followed by an 11-run offensive breakout when young talent shows itself and Bobby Witt Jr. reminds everyone that he’s a superstar? The biggest thing was that 11-0 win on Sunday, when Witt had three hits, Salvador Pérez hit a three-run homer, and Brady Singer pitched seven scoreless. That’s a heckuva win.

But that same Royals team couldn’t take advantage of a good Cole Ragans start on Opening Day or a scoreless Seth Lugo start in the second game. There’s a reason the Royals are this low in our rankings, but would you bet against them playing spoiler by sweeping a series against a contender late in the year? — Jennings

26. Miami Marlins

Record: 0-5 Preseason Power Ranking: 23

One big thing: A rotation beset by injuries looked like … a rotation beset by injuries in a season-opening four-game sweep by the Pirates. Jesús Luzardo , basically the last man standing in a rotation that has lost Sandy Alcantara , Eury Pérez , Braxton Garrett and Edward Cabrera , was solid enough on Opening Day. But lefties A.J. Puk , Ryan Weathers and Trevor Rogers combined to allow 11 runs in 11 innings. And that didn’t have much to do with bad luck: The trio allowed 29 of the 62 Pirates it faced to reach base.

The Marlins are barely built to withstand average work from their starters, let alone that kind of performance. They hit .201 as a team over the weekend — their spring wasn’t much better — with even Luis Arraez going 2-for-18. He already needs hits in each of his next nine at-bats to crack .400. — Britton

27. Washington Nationals

Record: 1-3 Preseason Power Ranking: 27

One big thing: How long can an outfield sporting Jesse Winker in left and Eddie Rosario in center hold up defensively? Winker did not start a single game in the outfield while with the Brewers last season. Rosario started 130 out there for Atlanta, though they were all in left field. He’d made all of 39 career starts in center before the weekend, the last in 2019 with the large majority coming in 2016. 

Among Washington’s current starting five, only MacKenzie Gore flashed a strikeout rate above league average last season, and only Patrick Corbin flashed a fly-ball rate below league average. There’s gonna be some fly balls to track down, is the suggestion. — Britton

28. Oakland Athletics

Record: 1-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 29

One big thing: Look, there’s no cheering in the press box, right? But can we all be cool about this and root for these guys just a little bit? The situation in Oakland is a mess, and it’s not because of Mark Kotsay or Brent Rooker or Alex Wood . Those guys are doing all they can do .

If we learned anything in Oakland this weekend, it was that the fans are passionate about this team. Passionate enough to buy tickets and then sit in the parking lot just to make a point. It’s going to be a weird and maybe final year in Oakland, and the A’s don’t seem like much of a threat to make the playoffs. They’ll take wins when they can get them — they got their first on Sunday thanks to Paul Blackburn and a bases-loaded walk — and their fans will keep hoping for some sort of miracle that keeps ownership from taking it all away. — Jennings

29. Chicago White Sox

Record: 0-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 28

One big thing: As a former top pitching prospect, Michael Kopech was meant to be a pillar of a golden age on the South Side, billed as the future of the White Sox rotation. But, now as the White Sox begin to transition out of that era of unfilled potential, Kopech is embracing his new role as a reliever after failing to win a starter job in spring — and his performance in the opening series is what caught our eye.

The right-hander pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief last weekend against the Tigers with four strikeouts. In Sunday’s outing, Kopech threw 16 of his 17 pitches for strikes, according to MLB.com . His performance was a bright spot in what was otherwise a disappointing sweep. It may be a long year, but Kopech becoming a lights-out reliever is something White Sox and baseball fans alike can get behind. — McGrath

30. Colorado Rockies

Record: 1-4 Preseason Power Ranking: 30

One big thing: Let’s just address this head-on. Allowing 14 runs in a single inning to the defending National League champions on Opening Day is not what you want. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via MLB.com, Arizona’s third inning was the biggest single-inning run total on Opening Day in the Modern Era. The 16-1 defeat to the D-Backs at Chase Field — I had to double check that this game didn’t occur at Coors Field — set an early low point for the Rockies, and on the first day of the season, no less. (So maybe it’s only up from here?) The Rockies salvaged a win to avoid the sweep, but it was a rough start to their year and a cruel reminder of why they may be hanging out at the bottom of these rankings a lot this season. — McGrath

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Donald Trump’s campaign and religious conservatives are criticizing President Biden after he called on people a few days earlier to join in him recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility. The day, which falls on March 31, also happens to correspond with Easter Sunday this year.

The Democratic president on Friday called on “all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating violence and discrimination based on gender identity.”

Easter is one of Christianity’s holiest celebrations. Trump’s campaign accused Biden, a devout Roman Catholic, of being insensitive to religion, and fellow Republicans piled on.

“We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Karoline Leavitt, the Trump campaign’s press secretary, said Saturday. She accused the Biden administration of a “years-long assault on the Christian faith.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said on social media that the “Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter” and called the decision “outrageous and abhorrent.”

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said the Republicans criticizing Biden “are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric.”

“As a Christian who celebrates Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American,” Bates said. “President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit.”

Biden regularly attends Mass and considers his Catholic upbringing to be a core part of his morality and identity. But his support for same-sex marriage and abortion rights have put him at odds with many conservative Christians. Some Catholics have suggested he should not receive Holy Communion because of those positions.

In 2021, Biden met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and afterward told reporters that the pontiff said he was a “good Catholic” who should keep receiving Communion.

Boak writes for the Associated Press.

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