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Professional athletes often get (rightly) knocked for striking over how to split up billions of dollars in annual revenue. But here's a rare case of players going on strike to look out for the little guys:

The Boston Red Sox refused to take the field for their final spring training game in Florida on Wednesday and threatened to boycott their flight to Japan for their season openers unless their coaches and other staff are paid for the trip. [...]

Manager Terry Francona and his players were upset after learning staff members are not going to get a $40,000 stipend. The Boston Herald reported players insisted part of their agreement to make the trip included the fee — for them and the coaches.

Good for the Red Sox players. It's just like Major League Baseball to agree to the staff stipend, then renege. They're always doing stupid, incredibly short-sighted decisions to make a buck (like trying to squeeze the Cape Cod League).

Originally posted to TheGreenMiles on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 09:58 AM PDT.

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  •  Forgive me (0+ / 0-)

    but I remain one of those people who think far too many professional athletes earn too much, but then I think that people spend too much on cosmetics and pet food while people around the world starve. I suppose its all a matter of perspective and proportion.

    Think Tank. "A place where people are paid to think by the makers of tanks" Naomi Klein.

    by ohcanada on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 10:07:53 AM PDT

  •  most of the staff are millionaires too... (0+ / 0-)

    besides, if the players were really concerned they could just write a check or dig in to their wallets themselves...seems more like they used it as an excuse to take the day off...

    •  What's worse than cynic? That's you. (4+ / 0-)
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      ptmflbcs, lcork, dennisl, daliscar

      You really think David Page, strength and conditioning coach, is a millionaire?

      So please regale us with stories about all the times your coworkers didn't get bonuses and you took up a pool amongst your coworkers to help them out. I'm sure you have plenty of those stories, right? Otherwise you might be accused of being a hypocrite. And I'm sure that's not the case.

      Join the discussion on environmental topics from global warming to organic beer at The Green Miles!

      by TheGreenMiles on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 10:17:10 AM PDT

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      •  it's a nice break from candidate diaries (0+ / 0-)

        and you don't hear this kind of thing every day...

        So please regale us with stories about all the times your coworkers didn't get bonuses and you took up a pool amongst your coworkers to help them out.

        I'll give you one of those... in the company where I used to work, our Regional VP was told he had to lay off a certain number of people due to business being down.  The thing is, our business is cyclical, and he had spent several years building a great - and very lean - team of excellent people.  He wasn't inclined to give them up without a fight, so he sat down with his HR manager and came up with a plan: everyone in the region would take five days unpaid leave, and all senior management would take a (can't remember the percentage) temporary pay cut.  The plan was accepted, and no one lost their job.

        Anybody else got a "good-guy" story?

        'The votes are in, and we won.' - Jim Webb, 11/07/2006

        by lcork on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 10:32:09 AM PDT

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  •  GO SOX! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Ortiz/Ramírez '08

    by theran on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 10:38:19 AM PDT

  •  40 G's to take a free trip. (0+ / 0-)

    Nice work if you can get it.

    St. Ronnie was an asshole.

    by manwithnoname on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 10:42:20 AM PDT

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