It's time for us to welcome baseball's complete and utter ruin
Baseball had a chance to unite the country and the boy did it - the Americans may not agree, but we hate the national pastime.
A sport that stumbles on irrelevance on the field is now completely insane, and whether or not it returns for a senseless 48-game season this summer, it will turn out that we can live well without it.
In the final round of scorched-earth rhetoric, the owners accuse the players of maliciously negotiating - how dare they play MORE games - and the players reply that the league should only impose its small quarter season so we can can get this misery over there.
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The fans have now made it. I have dedicated my adulthood to sports coverage and have never questioned my life choices. It's not even that the sides are trying to exaggerate each other, it's that they have so little respect for the state of the world that they believe that this struggle is really important.
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It does not and they are lucky that their baseball stadiums will be empty by a mandate this summer, because otherwise they would have to explain to the fans that they voluntarily stay away.
Baseball has become so deaf that it cannot distinguish the first hopeful notes of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from the threatening bass of Darth Vader's "Imperial March". The same children who didn't care if they never came back are now playing football, lacrosse and animal crossing. They don't pay enough attention to baseball to hate it.
But we adults do, and our tolerance for being sick, outraged, and disgusted is at an all-time low. Everyone understands that the corona virus can make playing sports too dangerous and therefore impossible. The NBA players grapple with this question, and letting college football happen feels like cross-border child abuse.
What we can't stand is not even trying. Baseball owners clearly have little interest in playing this season, so they are crying poorly even when it is known that they are nearing a $ 1 billion deal to air the playoffs. Your primary goal seems to be to smash the union before the CBA negotiations in 2021, and every offer they make comes down to the same equation - we'll play you 33 percent of your original salaries, and whether that's over 50 Games is distributed or 82 games is yours.
How this is qualified as "negotiating" is undoubtedly discussed when players file their inevitable complaint (yay! Complain!), But it's already too late.
It's like baseball dares to do something different with our summer, and we hope the season overlaps with enough NBA and NHL playoffs so MLB is thoroughly wiped out in reviews until football arrives to finish the job. May baseball games draw half the audience from Paw Patrol and this little sad sack of Caillou. A message must be sent to the sport, even if it is vulgar:
BLEEP YOU. All of you. Your actions guarantee that the game will emerge damaged and diminished from this crisis and you deserve it.
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