Tuesday, June 23, 2009
On the drive in, I caught part of ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," which I tend to dislike because Greenberg and Golic pose as wild, nutty guys while holding the most moderate, conventional opinions. This morning they said that history won't look kindly at the career of baseball players' union head Donald Fehr - which may be true - and that the next union head will have to look to be more of a partner with the league and owners. To that I say bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. Can anyone recall a change in any union leadership when someone didn't say that? In Fehr's case, Bud Selig and the owners sure weren't worried about steroids when Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were refilling stadiums that had been empty since the baseball strike, and they liked the way crowds showed up to boo or cheer Barry Bonds as he chased Hank Aaron's record. Selig and the owners don't seem to feel a need to be more player-friendly or better partners with the players, so whoever takes Fehr's position needs to remember to take care of the players first. That is, after all, the role of the players' union head - no matter what Greenberg, Golic and all the talking heads say.