“We need baseball right now,” the President of the red SOx, Sam Kennedy began his first public comments since major League baseball announced the return to play during the season 2020.
It was an interesting review with the right hand SOx principal owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner.
After three months of hard back-and-forth between owners and players, with published statements that the 6-to-8 property of the group was to not play the season at all, not meet the players demands, the red SOx came from the fact that America needs baseball.
Kennedy went even further.
How about the fans at the stadium “Fenway Park” in this season, scheduled to start on 23 or 24 July?
“I would say that’s possible,” said Kennedy.
The centre of anger from the players all the time was based on the March agreement in which the owners promised the players they pay wages in full for any games in 2020. But the owners said no because they thought there was a provision of this agreement that meant that they should pay the players full wages, if there were fans in the stands.
There is not expected to have any fans in the stands. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading experts in the field of infectious diseases, told Yes network in April, which is unlikely, although possible, only if the incidence was so low that it made it safe for some, not all, of the seats in baseball stadiums this year.
The players and owners could not come to an agreement on the 2020 season, which is why Commissioner Rob Manfred was to use his strength to carry out his 60 games without their consent.
But Wednesday night, speaking to reporters at the conference through the zoom, Kennedy said that some teams are waiting for the fans this season.
And this can happen at Fenway Park.
“If it becomes a reality, it would be because of the great work, Massachusetts the city of Boston,” said Kennedy. “Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito and Marty Walsh and Catherine Burton and all of their team — they were under fire and under the gun day after day for four months. But if you look at the data and figures would suggest that all their creativity and hard work of the people who live around Boston and New England is beginning to pay off, because these improvements in our region.
“If we have any possibility that the fans in the stands, we’re coming back at some point, it would be because of the great work of our elected officials and all citizens, respected medical experts. So we hope to have fans at some point. We need the fans at Fenway Park. Our fans give us competitive advantage.”
As for other teams?
“I can tell you, there are clubs of major League baseball, waiting for your fans to their football fields. This is an incredibly important part of our business, our baseball operations, so we wanted to get to this point. But I can’t tell you when this will happen. But we are working through the protocols that will be required to pursue the opportunity sometime in the future”.
The records must be intense.
Players are often checked. They will not enter the Park with a fever or symptoms. They need to be smart about where they go outside the Park. Inside they must stay 6 feet away from everyone, to wear masks when they are not on the field and not even have to take a shower.
If someone is to get (one unnamed player in the SOx’ 40-man roster already, but is recovering and is no longer symptomatic), they must be quarantined for 14 days and tested negative several times before returning.
Players will be infected, Kennedy admitted it.
But the fans in the stands?
And for those who reported that group ownership does not want to play this year, Kennedy said, “the Red SOx” had different views.
“I don’t want to speak for John Henry and Tom Werner who are on different committees in major League baseball, and I was not privy to many of these discussions,” said Kennedy. “But as an organization, we have been 100% and is 100% ready to play and wanted to play and get back on the field as soon as possible.
“But we also remember and understand that the negotiations put different teams in different locations across the country. Just considering different teams financial situations. I asked this question from the point of view of what the team felt that way, I really don’t know. It was the talk at the level of ownership.”
There can be resentment when the players eventually return to work.
“I’m just glad we were able to reach agreement on the issues of health and safety protocols, which, given what we face in the world, the most important and other things are secondary,” said Kennedy. “So I’m glad we came to an agreement on that”.
Summary: the end is not yet.
Baseball could return, but the differences between players and owners was not removed. And if teams start taking in a Rake from the sale of tickets that the players do not know, expect a lot of anger to come next winter.
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