Thank you. Had a love day, truly.
Gossip? Buster Olney reported this, and ESPN is advertising he's going to have public comments. It's all over the interwebs.
Here's what Buster Olney, ESPN, has written: "We are down to the last hours before possible implementation of a short season by MLB/Manfred, and behind the scenes, there are efforts being made to circumvent implementation. Last-minute attempt at haggling."
I don't know. Not sure that's the real motivation here. An imposed season gives them an opening for a grievance if they feel that owners bargained in bad-faith and delayed talks until the inevitable imposition of a season at a length they set.
I've heard opinions all over the spectrum. The most vocal, of course, are the fans who are angry -- at owners, at players, at media. Not always in that order. But that's not unusual. Anger is a great motivator for taking to Twitter or writing an email. Someone who is content is content, and has less motivation to write or do something to change it. They're cool. It's the Letter to the Editor example. But from friends and other baseball fans when we talk about they're more apt to suggest they'll find a way back to the game, if not immediately then inevitably. Comedian Greg Warren joined the podcast this past week to discuss this and said he would be back and that he didn't know how poorly baseball would have to treat him to keep him away. I have heard some of that, too. There isn't consensus. I don't think there ever will be for fans. No reason to be. Baseball will take a bruising because of this, because the ones frustrated will be the ones that are most vocal, but the ones who come back to game or are quiet about it are going to be there, and that will bring it back.
Here's another example of another opinion. This is actually the one that is most detrimental to the game. Apathy is the undoing of any entertainment industry.
Easy targets, I guess. Especially when fans don't agree with us. It happens. I have been at fault for many of the trade deadline moves the Cardinals didn't make to help the team. You didn't hear?
No clue. Depends on the offers. Depends on what he's chasing. Depends on how he feels. He doesn't seem like a guy who would play diminished in some chase of ... numbers.
This is great. In real time you guys are illustrating the varying opinions. It's awesome.
I do enjoy chicken. Had chicken fingers for lunch Sunday with my dad.
They don't want to lose it -- and owe millions. Just spitballing here.
Another welcome point, and one that I've heard from friends.
I'm not sure how to answer that. If you feel that you have invested time and money in those people and that sport -- and thus played a part in how they got famous, how they got attention, or how they get salaries/revenues, etc., then you are entitled to an opinion. Look, there is an element of fan service in baseball because there's an element of it in any entertainment industry. I don't fault people at all for being critical of how the Star Wars franchise concluded the Skywalker Saga -- a lot of people have spent time and money invested in that story line the entirety of their lives. I get it. It's the artist's vision, not the fans'. But fans have every right to feel like that the vision didn't live up to the public trust/expectations. That's true in sports, too. Both entertainment. Both have fan service.
Yes. And that's going to be intriguing.
This is a welcome point. A sprint for a championship could be fascinating, especially as teams make decisions based on winning now or saving money now or saving service time now -- and a surprise team could get hot, get going, and really cause a memorable raucous for the game and for that team's fan base. Let's get crazy. For once. And then back to normal.
Let's hope. That saucy bird.
I have no idea what you're talking about. I have thankfully not seen that on Twitter.
Christian Yelich was always the best of the three. I stand by that.
Why assume them? Scherzer is active and influential because he's on the exec subcommittee and he's vocal and he's respected. Andrew Miller is as well. Look to the players active with the union for an answer. It's not always the best players. It's the invested ones behind the scenes. Iannetta is also on that subcommittee. Goldschmidt has been active with the union in past years, and players turn to him for thoughts and guidance. Elvis Andrus is another.