You'd think that Major League Ballplayers have a pretty good hand. They have a number of superstars who also happen to project a "good guy" image (Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, etc.) The public perception of Bud Selig continues to decline, and most think he's a liar and a puppet for the owners, which include some wildly unpopular folks like George Steinbrenner, Jerry Reinsdorf, and Jerry Colengelo. Plus, most Americans tend to side with labor rather than management, all other things being equal.
So what do the players do? Start talking about striking before the playoffs, of course.
This would be another public relations disaster for the players' union. Even talking about it now is a bad idea. Why should I invest any interest in this baseball season if there aren't going to be any playoffs?
Talk about self-desturctive ideas! It's hard to recall another time when both loabor and management have acted so much against their own interests.