The MLB lockout has not only affected players and stadium workers: it has been pretty rough on fans, too.
There are several levels of fandom: some people will lose interest when the season finally starts, but the most loyal supporters will stay through thick and thin, checking the news everyday and waiting for a resolution.
Fans should have been enjoying spring training games by now, so they surely miss baseball.
The uncertainty about watching MLB at all in 2022 is definitely not a nice feeling.
Owners know that and choose to ignore it.
Players, on the other hand, are aware of what fans mean to the game, and what the game means to the fans.
Players Genuinely Feel Sorry For Fans
According to Susan Slusser, Liam Hendriks, the closer of the Chicago White Sox, thinks that way.
“Liam Hendriks, asked what he would say to fans if season is less than 162 games: ‘Sorry isn’t enough.’ Notes that the players are not on strike, they were locked out, and they want to get back on the field ASAP with a fair labor agreement,” she tweeted.
Liam Hendriks, asked what he would say to fans if season is less than 162 games: “Sorry isn’t enough.” Notes that the players are not on strike, they were locked out, and they want to get back on the field ASAP with a fair labor agreement.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 8, 2022
The players want the season to have 162 games, and there is no question about it.
Owners, on the other hand, have publicly said they won’t hesitate to cancel games if they think a deal to end the lockout is not close.
They have even used the 162-game card to their advantage in negotiations.
Owners tend to change their mind quickly, though, as they have said in the past they don’t want to reschedule games; and then offered players a 162-game season if they come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) today.
Fans are hoping for a quick deal, so they can enjoy as much baseball as possible.