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Last, boring, uneventful day of camp…..

March 20, 2008

 

 

Well maybe not. Let’s start at the beginning.

Late last year we had confirmation of MLB’s desire for the Red Sox to open the 2008 baseball season in Japan. At first glance an exciting cool proposition. I have no idea what people were thinking but I know the players gave this a lukewarm reception at best, which deteriorated the deeper the discussion got.

There are so many pitfalls to doing things like this and pretty much all of them have to do with the long term impact of making this sort of pilgrimage in a short, tight timeframe. It had nothing to do with Japan, who wouldn’t want to go see it? It had nothing to do with anything other than the logistical nightmare that we knew would have an impact on us far beyond the 3-4 games we played there.

I happened to be one of five players on the conference calls that took place. The initial call, I think, startled those not in this organization.  I don’t believe MLB thought the players would have any objections and would be looking forward to the trip. To the contrary, on the initial call we actually told MLB we pretty much decided on not wanting to do this, and that as a club we’d voted not to go. 4-5 frantic phone calls ensued, and before they did we, the players, spoke at length about our position and the fact that we knew they would come back to us in short order. We decided to put together a list of requirements that would need to be met for the team to agree to make this trip. We understood the power of the Red Sox brand, the benefit to the game and the overall good will that could be created by making this trip, given that we had arguably the most famous Japanese born player in history as a teammate, and the most dominant left handed reliever in baseball last year, also a Japanese born player, on our team as well.

The demands were, at least to us, relatively minor and inconsequential when you factored in the revenue that would be generated by us agreeing to make this trip.

We wanted MLB to provide free transportation for the entire trip, from Ft Myers, to Japan, to LA, to Oakland, to Toronto, back to Boston, for any players and staff immediate families that desired to go.

We wanted the ‘staff’ to be compensated at the amount ‘guaranteed’ to the players, which we were told was to be at a minimum, 40,000 dollars. This topic was actually brought up on two separate occasions, both times it was agreed to and signed off on.

There were a few more items, none of them ground breaking or game changing, roster size, travel times, off days.

There is now much debate about one of the above topics, and that came to a head today, but to focus on that is a mistake. One by one the promises that were made at the time, were taken off the table. This happened, I guess, over the course of this past winter. Players were scattered all over the world, and many, most, had no idea. The discussions and negotiations were done with no knowledge of any of it, by players on this team, and I would assume Oakland as well.

No one party is to blame for any of this. First off everyone is at fault for not getting ALL of this in writing at the time of the agreement. Next, there is blame on both sides, both MLB and the MLBPA for not honoring the stipulations of the agreement that were made.

Basically the compensation piece is where the argument came to a nasty conclusion yesterday.

As I understand it, the compensation works like this. All of the revenue generated by ‘the gate’ during this tour is split 50/50. Half goes to MLB, the other half goes to the MLBPA. In the past the ‘staff’ of the teams was, as I understand it, compensated out of the 50% taken in by the MLBPA. This was negotiated OUT of the agreement at some point in the recent past by someone(s) in the MLBPA, unbeknown to us.

The reason we made a specific point to negotiate on behalf of the staff on this trip was just that. We wanted to insure that the staff accompanying this team on the trip was compensated fairly and in the same amount as the players regardless of which pool the money came from.

A quick history on why players, most, feel this way. The ‘staff’ as they are called, is made up of a group of incredibly passionate, hard working and devoted baseball people. From strength coaches, to head trainers, to BP coaches and catchers these are the members of our families that very rarely get recognition for putting in twice the effort and time we do as players, for 1/100th the pay. Year after year they are the least appreciated and respected employees in many organizations.

Teams basically exert the power and influence they can’t on players, on these people. I know of instances where employees were given less of a Christmas Bonus because the club knew that person had received a share of World Series money, voted on by players. I know of other situations where these people have negotiated salaries with the teams telling them “you’re going to receive X$ for going on the Y trip”, so you won’t be getting a raise since you’ll be making X as total income.

These people make 40-50 to 75K a year. That’s not small potatoes but in an industry making over 6 billion a year in revenue it’s, well, it’s odd I guess.

This pretty much leads us to the events of yesterday. The players became aware of the coaches situation and called a players only meeting.

In a 30-0 vote we agreed that we would not take the field for the game, nor get on the bus for the trip to Japan if the agreement to compensate the staff was not honored.

When all was said and done this organization did what any good franchise would do. The ownership of this team agreed to ‘underwrite’ the amount we requested in hopes of getting MLB and the MLBPA to cut them a check to reimburse.

There is no one really blameless in all this, everyone shares at least some of the blame starting with me and the guys on the initial calls not getting all the agreed upon pieces in writing at that time. It snowballed from there and ended up with the events of yesterday.

I will say this though, I am proud as hell to be a part of a group of men who were absolutely 100% willing to not step on this plane and make this trip, knowing full well we would be in violation of our contracts, we’d potentially be forfeiting games and much much more, to stand behind a group of people that have very few supporters. Yes you could argue that doing that would have been disrespectful to the game, and fans, but we disagreed. In our minds anyone who had in mind to do what was right would have make the exact same decisions we did.

52 Comments leave one →
  1. jehb02 permalink
    March 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    Curt,

    Most of us look at this trip like a business trip (Consider MLB as the business it is). There is no need for an explaination. It is business. I understand it that way. It is the same thing as releasing Doug Miribelli. It is a business. You, as a group of players, are not there only for my entertainment, you are there for a business. A business is there to earn a profit. I appreciate the players for backing these guys. I am glad you guys did what you did and am glad everything got worked out.

  2. March 20, 2008 1:04 pm

    Curt,

    I agree with what the team did. The folks behind the scenes do a lot of work to help the players reach their full playing potential. They should be compensated for making the trip.

    The statement that the players of the Boston Red Sox made yesterday by not taking the field was, in my opinion, a class act. If the team decided not to make the trip and had to forfeit a couple of games then so be it.

    I have a lot of respect for people who stand by their word and their principals. The Red Sox organization should also be commended for underwirting the cost and making things right for these people.

    Thanks for you candor and good luck in Japan!

    Steve

  3. March 20, 2008 1:09 pm

    Damn straight, Curt and well said in the last paragraph.

    I was never more proud to be a Sox fan than when I heard about how you all were handling this. Good luck with that asinine schedule to open the season … what a joke.

  4. March 20, 2008 1:13 pm

    Curt

    Huge Yankee fan, but I have enjoyed watching you and your red sox play for many years. The Bloody Sock game made you an inspiration for millions of young athletes that play the game and those that are COMING UP in the game. As far as the compensation issue, its kind of tough to comprehend that the STAFF is not properly paid from the start. How could a staff member make so little and a third baseman could make 30 million. Someone’s salary is too high or someone is not paid enough. But hey I dont play major league ball so what do I know. Your teamwork and team cohesion I hope is an inspiration to the Red Sox nation and baseball fans all over the world. Good Luck in Japan. Thanks for letting the fans in on your baseball world
    Steve

  5. March 20, 2008 1:25 pm

    No doubt you guys as players did the right thing. I myself used to be employed by the scouting staff of an NFL franchise, so I know how underappreciated NON Player Personnel can be. It was nice to hear how you all banded together to take care of the “behind-the-scenes” people. Very rarely do we as fans hear about Pro Athletes who make MILLION$ standing up to take care of the many people they depend on who do not make millions.

    Thank you for being an honorable and classy group of human beings.

  6. bloodysock permalink
    March 20, 2008 1:33 pm

    I completely agree with the stance the players took yesterday in showing solidarity for a very overlooked and underappreciated part of the organization. Hopefully, most fans appreciate the fact that this was not about the players seeking more money for themselves.

    Now come back to the States 2-0 and back to Boston 7-0!

  7. asoefje permalink
    March 20, 2008 1:46 pm

    You all made me so proud to be a Red Sox fan yesterday. I proudly called everyone I knew and boasted about “My Boys”. I know I speak for RSN when I tell you we were 110% behind your decision. Way to go, guys!

  8. irnbru permalink
    March 20, 2008 1:53 pm

    You know what they say, a verbal agreement is only worth the paper it’s printed on.

    But in all seriousness. I’m so freakin proud of you guys. As a “little guy” in my organization I so appreciate your taking a stand for a group that really has little to no power in your business.

    Kudos.

  9. March 20, 2008 2:00 pm

    Even without knowing the full details of the contract logistics, I’m impressed by the team unity this episode demonstrated. Bravo to you & your teammates for speaking out for the “behind the scenes” staff who are such an integral part of the Red Sox family.

  10. birdprogrammer permalink
    March 20, 2008 2:09 pm

    Curt, Simple put you guys did the right thing!!! Thanks for taking a stand for the people without a voice.

  11. stevewilkinson permalink
    March 20, 2008 2:11 pm

    Thanks, Curt!

    The members of re:beisbol appreciate the update. Keep up the good work!

  12. March 20, 2008 2:14 pm

    Curt, and to your team mates,
    Words can not describe how proud of you I am today. So few people have the courage, or the convictions to stand up (or in this case, sit down) when they see a wrong that needs to be made right.

    Yesterday was a special day for the Red Sox organization, and a proud day for Red Sox nation.

  13. christianlong permalink
    March 20, 2008 2:22 pm

    Once my kid (Beckett) is old enough to read and fully grasp the game of professional baseball — give me/him about another 4+ years — I’ll be sharing this story with him as a testament to what matters most…always matters most.

    Appreciate the stand all of you took; appreciate you taking the time to share with us the rationale behind the decision. As several said above, I was proud to be a lifelong fan of the Sox as I watched the events unfold the last few days.

    Cheers from Texas (in advance of seeing you guys in early September when you come sweep the Rangers)!

  14. dchockeyguy permalink
    March 20, 2008 2:30 pm

    Curt,

    I read about this story on ESPN. I have to say that I really impressed with what the team did. I think that really speaks to the team work that must exist up there. In an age where we here so many bad things about professional athletes, I found this to be a refreshing story.

  15. pwg56 permalink
    March 20, 2008 2:52 pm

    Admirable that you stood up for the trainers, etc. who make less. However, sounds like the majority of the players didn’t want to make the trip in the first place and wouldn’t have minded not making the trip. Wonder if the vote would have been the same if it was something everyone truly wanted to do.

  16. justbecause314 permalink
    March 20, 2008 3:09 pm

    I am so Damn Proud of Being from Boston, be a fan of Boston and being a BostonRican. Good job guys!!! Youkkkkkk My hats of to you

  17. March 20, 2008 3:13 pm

    Curt, please relay this message to the rest of the team, even though they already know this. You guys did the absolute right thing. True, maybe the fans at the park were upset, but most of the fans that were not at the park that day should be very proud of their Boston Red Sox! I know I am. Good job looking out for the little guys, not many people in your (the player’s) shoes would do such a kind and humane act this day in age. You are all an inspiration when it comes to acts like these.

    God Bless,
    Peter

  18. March 20, 2008 3:39 pm

    Curt, I couldn’t be more proud of the way you guys stood upon principle on this issue. The coaches and staff should never have been put in a position where doing their jobs was going to take significant money out of their own pockets, and for some at great financial risk. Thanks to all the Red Sox for doing the right thing.

  19. March 20, 2008 4:23 pm

    So, Red Sox Nation is very proud of their team today….very proud.

    Not only did you unite for something you believed in, and which quite honestly was not a fair situation — you did it in a manner that was classy and respectful, which is just one of the many reasons this organization and group of players that you are — is so very special.

    I’m not sure if you’re travelling with the team or not – I’m guessing you might be – so if you are, I’m openly envious of your getting to eat THE BEST SUSHI EVER. :)

  20. March 20, 2008 4:29 pm

    Curt, yesterday was the proudest I have ever been of the Boston Red Sox. You guys did what was right and this trumped any World Series, imnsho. Being willing to do what is right – knowing that the consequences could be severe, and not only willing but absolutely straight forward in wanting to do so – is the measure of a man’s (or woman’s) character. This series of events, I am sure, has made this team a very close one.

    Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for making me so proud. This goes beyond the Red Sox. This goes to being a mensch. (Look it up. )

    I am sure you guys are exhausted but enjoy this trip as best you all can… and see you at home very soon!

    Chaiah (ToofarawayfromBoston)

  21. nubulins permalink
    March 20, 2008 4:38 pm

    100% support.

  22. mattlenny permalink
    March 20, 2008 4:40 pm

    Curt,

    Just wanted to give all 30 of you a standing ovation. Loved hearing about it as it unfolded yesterday.

    Matt

  23. bloodysock permalink
    March 20, 2008 4:43 pm

    Fully support the position of the players to recognize and compensate the coaches and to the Red Sox organization for underwriting the $600,000 (with partial reimbursement from Major League Baseball) but completely disappointed that the MLB Players Association made no contribution.

  24. fiskfan permalink
    March 20, 2008 6:01 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I love your blog and what you have brought to the Red Sox, and I think you guys did the right thing in supporting your staff. I do question some of your comments in the blog about how tough this trip is though. It seems to be coming close to what Theo may refer to Mike Mussina type comments. I hope you all are able to stay fresh and ready to play, good luck !

  25. ryssee permalink
    March 20, 2008 6:37 pm

    Great post; thanks for cutting to the chase.
    And an excellent job well done by the team.

  26. qrnm156 permalink
    March 20, 2008 6:57 pm

    Kudos to both the Sox and the A’s for making sure their staffs were compensated.

  27. zacharyrb permalink
    March 20, 2008 7:31 pm

    Curt,
    i just want to say its great to see the Red Sox players standing up and demanding that the people behind the scenes get paid the money that was promised to them its inspiring to see that the faces of the company care about the small guy.

  28. empirelady permalink
    March 20, 2008 8:31 pm

    Curt,
    First of all do not ever,ever blame yourself for not having had it put in writing. You believed that they would be true to their word,you trusted them,and there is nothing wrong with that. The people who went back on their word are the ones who are to blame,who are at fault,not you. Do not ever put blame on yourself when there is none to be had and do not ever question what you did. As for what the players did yesterday,it was a beautiful thing to see. There is nothing greater than people being there for other fellow human beings,showing them support and standing up for them,regardles of what might happen as a result. What you and the other players did yesterday was not only stand up for what you believe in, stand up for what was right,but also showed a beautiful act of humanity,caring for the staff,other members of the team. You showed a solidarity,that the players and staff are one,and there is nothing greater than that. I think that baseball fans,supporters,and even people who are not into baseball are with you on this one,that you did the right thing. I do not think that there is anyone across this country,regardless of what team they support,who would say that the players were wrong in their actions yesterday. You recognized an injustice against the fellow members of your team and you took a stand for justice. I stand with you,support you 100%,and as I said,it was a beautiful thing to witness. Have a great trip,try to enjoy yourself in Japan(I know that it is a horrendous trip in terms of the travel but try to make the best of it,and enjoy as much as you can),hope that you feel well,and I look forward to your return home. In the meantime,it is not your fault that you put your trust,your faith in others with a verbal agreement,and you are absolutely not at fault or to blame. Promise me that you will not beat yourself up over it!
    Donna,in New York City.

  29. johnmvp permalink
    March 20, 2008 8:48 pm

    Hey Curt, I’m not a Red Sox fan but I do enjoy your blogging. You are one of the main reasons I’ve decided to blog myself on the sport I love, baseball (www.johnmvp.com). I wanted to share something with you that’s not a big deal, don’t hold against you, just a little bit of nothing. I was young, you were on the Phillies, and you weren’t scheduled to start in the Astrodome. You were standing down the third base line and I ran up (hour and half before the game, team was taking BP) and asked for your autograph and you told me, “I need to tie my shoe” and you walked off. First thing I did was check you feet and both were tied lol. Wondering what the deal was? If you didn’t want to sign then say, “sorry kid, a little busy.” I don’t dislike you because of this just a big disappointment because I was a huge fan of yours. But anyways, I wanted to tell you that you’ve accomplished a lot of great things in your career and I thought it was great of you to be a man and not ask for tons of money this season. Not many players in your position would have put ego aside and done the right thing, for the team. I appreciate what you’ve done for baseball and the Boston Red Sox (not a Sox fan, but respect them, and just love baseball). I hope you heal soon and come back strong. Good luck, Curt!

  30. papitek permalink
    March 20, 2008 8:58 pm

    Curt,

    While this is a noble cause as others have stated, as a fan who was at this game, I feel like myself, as well as the other 7,000 people at City of Palms Park yesterday, were the ones who were looked upon as insignificant.

    While I agree the coaches should be paid, if you guys felt so strongly about it, I think the players should have ponied up the cash for these guys. There are plenty of guys on that team who can afford to do it, but you guys were more ready to piss of people who paid good money to see highly paid athletes to play the game and we are told that because of a money dispute the game might not take place.

    We were also promised that the team would come out to sign autographs at 1230…but that time came and passed, with, you guessed it, no players signing autographs. I am a die-hard fan sir, but the events of yesterday made me more angry than I have been in a long time.

    I know this isn’t the usual boot shining response you get on here, and while I am not holding you personally responsible, you are the closest thing to a face to face I have. I also scanned your post for even the hint of an apology, but there was none, while you acknowledged that it could be construed as disrespectful, there was never an apology to those people at that game. That is the one thing I am looking for is an apology, because I know that the people who respond to you on here will tell you what a great thing it was that you guys did yesterday, but the issue is, everyone I spoke with at the game yesterday was upset because people had planes to catch/commitments after the game etc. The actions of the team yesterday came off as, “the fans are at our disposal, we can do what we want, when we want.”

    I personally drove 1,500 miles to get to that game, and you guys did a good job of making me think that there was going to be no game, and while it was good that there was a game, it was a hollow victory, because after the, as the media is calling it, “work stoppage” the people in the stands were, to say the least, miffed by the actions of 30 multi-millionaires over what amounts to $240,000.

    I would appreciate a response to this post Curt.

    Thank you,

    Jim Scarbrough

  31. mick60a permalink
    March 20, 2008 9:02 pm

    This is why you are a “TEAM!” Glad you all took a stand to take care of your other Teams mates.

    Now if MLB will get off Terrys back not not having his number visible when he is on the dugout.

    Maybe have it put on his sweats shirts or windbreakers?

    Would that satisfy Bud “Kreskin look alike ” Selig’s goons?

  32. March 20, 2008 11:09 pm

    What the Sox players and the organization did is wonderful!

    I understand how the fan above that was at the game could be upset and not get the entire point of what the Sox did by refusing to take the field. It wasn’t because they didn’t want to pony up the money themselves. It was more about making MLB do what they said they would do……to honor the agreement. I truly believe that if the Sox organization hadn’t stepped up and underwritten the compensation for the staff, the players gladly would have.

    If you drove that far to see the Sox play, you should be a true enough fan to really understand what they did and why, and really appreciate it!

    Thanks to all the players, coaches, behind the scenes staff, and the organization as a whole for everything you do!

  33. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    March 21, 2008 12:53 am

    Curt,

    Why are you even making the trip anyway?? Leeching on with the team when you are unable to contribute. The 8 mil isn’t enough, you gotta snatch that extra $40 large?? Dude you cant do anything with your shoulder so why didn’t you just stay home? I KNow why…You wouldn’t be able to grab attention if you stayed behind. Man, I dont know when everyone is going to wake up and see you for what you are…. washed up, hanging on too long in a sport where your time is long past.

  34. pouncy permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:01 am

    Curt,

    On one hand, I’m so proud of my team for looking out for their support staff and everyone who makes the team I love go.

    On the other hand, I was on absolute tenterhooks yesterday because my husband and I are assigned in Japan with the Navy and I have tickets, along with a whole bunch of Fenway Fanatics who camped out for tickets. Y’all had a bunch of very nervous fans here, I’ll tell you what!

    So, SO glad that a fix was arrived upon so I can get my Sox fix! I look forward to cheering you guys on Tuesday and Wednesday!!!

  35. bosox4eva permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:03 am

    Thank You Boys !!! You did the right thing and any true fan knows it. I would sit for 12 hours at a Spring Training Game, if it meant doing the right thing. God Bless You and the Sox, for making so many fans proud to be a part of Red Sox Nation.

  36. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 21, 2008 2:39 am

    Curt, good for you and the team.

    Excellent.

  37. sdl1 permalink
    March 21, 2008 3:09 am

    To papitek..

    Sorry you were “inconvenienced” by not getting any autographs and sorry that you feel fighting for the coaching staff to get paid was a no-no.

    Funny, but I saw quite a few pro-players signs in the crowd..or did ESPN fake those?

  38. sardawg06 permalink
    March 21, 2008 3:59 am

    Curt,

    Seeing you guys today at Camp Zama was awesome. If it had not happened because MLB would not heed to your conditions and compensate the whole Red Sox Team it would have been a shame. I am glad they wised up because today was one of the best days I have had since arriving here for duty 2 1/2 years ago. You guys prove over and over how selfless you are and that it is about the team, the fans and the love of the game first.

    You guys truly are Neighborhood Kids. Good luck to the team over the next. We’ll see you Sunday and Tuesday!

    The Hughes Family

  39. smffeb58 permalink
    March 21, 2008 5:42 am

    Curt,

    This event should be the “unity” catalyst that seems to take hold of a win it all team. 2004- was the year Varitek going toe to toe with A-Rod, that was the unifier. 2007 the 14 game lead that dwindled to half, which in that caused another one of those “here come the Sox of old days” cry from the faithful, but we know what happened in 2007. I hope this event is the final glue, for the teams attitude throughout the new 2008 campaign, if it holds, get your bottles of bubbly now.

    To the guy who posted he drove 1500 miles to Florida for the last game in Ft. Meyers and wants an appology over not getting an autograph.. you should have flown to Florida, its cheaper and leaves less of a “carbon imprint”. On your drive back you should stop at Pete Rose’s restaurant in Boca Raton, or Boynton Beach, he’ll sell you an autograph for $25.00.

    smffeb58

  40. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 21, 2008 8:37 am

    I am glad you players got the staff compensated, but next time how about each of you giving up half of your 40K bonus to create a pool of cash for the staff? That might have shown up the management and made you guys look even better! But it’s in the past and I’m happy for the staff. Good luck Red Sox and get better Curt!

  41. March 21, 2008 9:06 am

    Short and Sweet…. the Team actions that day is one of the many reasons I LOVE being a Sox Fan! Loud and Proud!!! :-) Thanks Curt!

  42. slinksy permalink
    March 21, 2008 11:02 am

    curt-

    given the proven strength of a union, as demonstrated not only by your gigantic earnings, but also by the ability to extract justice for the lesser paid individuals on the team regarding japan, how do you justify your support for such union-busters and haters as mccain and bush. i guess we should know you not as a great pitcher, but as a gigantic hypocrite.

  43. mudhen permalink
    March 21, 2008 12:22 pm

    I agree with your position.

    The 1 issue I don’t get is your teams willingness to not play the spring training game, which had nothing to do with this other than you using it as a bargaining chip. In doing that, you risked screwing who? The fans who paid money to get there to see the game and enjoy their day. I will never understand that. If you want to play the game and then say, fine, you won’t budge, then don’t get on the plane.

    Just my view on that issue..

  44. enoch44 permalink
    March 21, 2008 12:48 pm

    “we had arguably the most famous Japanese born player in history as a teammate”

    Not even close – Oh, Matsui and Ichiro come to mind right away, with the first two not even being in the same universe as Matsuzaka as far as popularity goes.

  45. soxfanindan permalink
    March 21, 2008 12:50 pm

    KUDOS to the team and the organization for stepping up for those guys. Thanks for doing the right thing and setting a good example of what people should do for each other.

  46. nutty27 permalink
    March 21, 2008 4:15 pm

    I feel every player that refused to play at the scheduled time should be suspended for at least one game. Not only was it disrespectful to the game but it was completely unprofessional to the fans that paid for tickets to watch the game. How many fans make a “pilgrimage” to spring training to see games and they had to wait for an hour. Ridiculous. This is why baseball players should just play baseball. Their union, who has never represented the staff, made a decision to eliminate the stipend. Their union who drives up salaries for them forgot or simply didn’t care about the staff. You can try to come out and stand united but the reality is in the process you thought your team was bigger than the sport. That is not acceptable! If one child had to leave the game early for a flight back home because the game did not start on time, it would be one child too many.

    It’s great that you are looking out for your staff as you should but there is a time and a place and you chose the wrong time and place. Your decision makers (union) who you empower made the wrong decision. Take it out on them not the fans!

  47. March 21, 2008 7:53 pm

    I am glad that everything worked out well. The picture of Manny bowing to the Japanese press is one of my favorite Manny/Red Sox moments.

    I am also glad that the team stood up for the support staff. I think there are people in every organization who do things for the organization but are not compensated for whatever reason.

    The world would be a better place if we all remember to appreciate each other more.

    I’m proud to be a Red Sox fan!!

    -Diane.

  48. March 21, 2008 10:02 pm

    You guys did the classy thing. Good on ya, and have fun in Japan…

  49. frodo1962 permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:02 pm

    You guys did a great thing; you all could have shrugged your shoulders satisfied that you had gotten yours and driven on. Instead you stood up for the people without any leverage and got them compensated. While $40K to some of the higher salaried players may not mean much, I’m sure it means a whole lot to the bullpen catcher making $30K per year and others making less the $100 K.

  50. papitek permalink
    March 22, 2008 6:37 pm

    To sdl1,

    If thats the idea you got from my post, then im sorry that you missed the point, i was talking about how the move showed a complete lack of respect for the 7000 people who bought tickets to the game that day. The FANS are the ones who pay to see these people play, no one else, or did you forget that you are one of those, the autograph comment was because it was just another occasion where i felt like i was being led on by a bunch of multi-millionaires just to placate into waiting for them to do what they are contractually obligated to do, and that is play baseball. and could you point out where i said there were staged signs? oh thats right, you cant. so next time, sit down, shut up, and re-read.

    To mudhen,

    Im glad someone else on here decided to look at the situation as a whole, rather than shining boots.

  51. ricknp permalink
    March 23, 2008 7:58 am

    First… to be clear, I think the team handled the situation in an admirable and honorable way. Second… a one hour delay in the Ft. Myers game is close to meaningless within the context of the entire situation. Third… a question: Is there a union representing staff, and, if so, where was it? And if it doesn’t exist, perhaps it should.

  52. aharon24 permalink
    March 24, 2008 10:14 am

    Curt,
    Congratualtions on last years world series and I hope your recovery goes as well as it can. I remember watching you as a phillie as I am from that area. That being said, I admire the red sox players for sticking together but in terms of not taking the field for your last spring training game against the jays, how do you explain that to the fans who bought tickets to that game and were forced to just sit there wondering if they had just wasted their money.

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