Boston Red Sox – United We Stand
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I’m going to ask you to forget about the Monopoly money that is associated with Major League Baseball. Most of us can’t even begin to imagine the amount of coin anyone associated with the game brings in.
What the Red Sox players have just done is pretty amazing. No, it doesn’t compare to teaching kids, rescuing someone from a fire, or serving and protecting, but as far as athletes go, this was pretty amazing. Many athletes get the reputation (fair or not) of being pretty self-centered and greedy. However, the Red Sox players bucked that trend today. They refused to play in their final Spring Training game and will not make the trip to Japan for the Season Opener unless the staff was paid the $40,000 stipend that the players were being paid. Again, I ask you to ignore the fact that $40K would cover some or all of a lot of people’s salaries for a year, and focus on the Red Sox players’ intentions. The staff was also promised the stipend, and the Red Sox players agreed that they were all in it together. I applaud their show of solidarity.
Why can’t baseball just get things right? If they promised to pay the staff, why would they try to go back on the deal? Does baseball really need this mess moments before the season is about to kick off? Haven’t they had enough distractions this offseason? They should be so grateful that things were lining up for them. I mean how perfect is it for MLB that Schilling and Beckett are unavailable to pitch and Dice K’s wife delivered early. To have him start Opening Day in Japan is worth is weight in gold.
It looks like they are clearing up the mess. It just shouldn’t have got this far. Get it right for one baseball. Just get it right.