2002-08-17 / Sports

A Cry Of Help For

This Baseball Fan
By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

I will not write about the baseball strike or the impending doom of the strike or the stupidity of both sides. I won't comment on the possible Armageddon that will come about if a strike happens.

I will not talk about how Bud S1elig acts like the most clueless commissioner ever to exist in the history of man. How his dumb statements have led to lawsuits from former team owners (the Expos) and current owners (Mets' co-owner Nelson Doubleday). Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner in the New York Times last Sunday basically said that Selig wouldn't get support from him in the fight against the players. George is supposedly one of Selig's best friends. I guess not.

I won't talk about how the players went to Chicago, got feted and stayed at a nice hotel and didn't set a strike date for the good of baseball. It's a good thing that Players union head Don Fehr did not want to set a strike on August 12. Its happy days for all! He has spared us all from another season ending strike. Notice he didn't say a strike would still not happen this year. During the season. In August. Thank goodness for small favors huh Don?

I won't talk about how the local media has extolled the players and the owners for supposedly bargaining in good faith because of the non-strike date. Whoopee. For two sides that haven't had a serious major sitdown about settling a strike since the Stone Age, I will not hold my breath on an agreement. Should we be that hopeful that Selig will pull together the owners, (most owners don't care about Selig, a few still care about him and all of them laugh at him behind his back) and suddenly have a foolproof plan to give to the players? Ha!

I laugh at their faces!

Oh oh, I've just read what I'm writing. I'm actually talking about the strike. If I don't stop now, the gods will strike me down with two thunderbolts. I'm committing a crime against myself. Ah, who cares!

I want the players to set a strike date and they will seem to do that on August 30. Then Bud Selig will be put on the defensive and all of the talk of a building of kinship within the owners will start to crumble. The different ownership factions will begin to show. The big market owners who want to keep the status quo, to the small market owners who will strike forever if it means a change of the rules, and the mid-market owners, who's teams might become bankrupt if there is even one strike day.

The players will then show their true colors of wanting more money and control and since they are so powerful, the union will get what they want. The owners will capitulate and next year, the strike talk will still hang around. 2 -4 teams will most likely go bankrupt, some players will lose their jobs, the Yankees win again and both sides will show their gratitude to fans by raising ticket prices for the good of the game.

As Charlton Heston once said in Planet of the Apes, "It's a madhouse! A madhouseeeee!" Can football please start soon??!!! This strike talk is ridiculous.

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