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).