Sox go beyond deadline
The clock ticked past the player-imposed deadline of 12:30 p.m. for cancelling the game against the Jays yesterday and still no sign of a decision from MLB or the Sox players on whether to give the manager, coaches the extra $40,000 for the upcoming three-country, two continent road trip.
Here are some solutions:
1-The Red Sox management could pony up the cash and negotiate with MLB at a later date.
2-The concerned millionaire players could pony up the cash for their coaches and negotiate with the Red Sox and MLB later.
3-Some corporate sponsor like Nike, ESPN or someone else could pony up the cash and negotiate with MLB and the Red Sox later.
Any of those would be a P.R. coup for the pony boys. How about the fact that the Red Sox are probably making over $160,000 in gate receipts and more in concessions for this game. By cancelling, they would give back money to fans that could have been used to pay most of the coaches.
BULLETIN: Power to the people! Right on! At exactly 12:51 p.m. the Red Sox players streamed into the dugout, bats in hand ready to rumble with the Jays. However by this time, Dice-K had fled to the minor-league complex to get his innings in and David Aardsma was the new starter. The game is now slated to start at 1:10 p.m., a 35 minute delay. You can't call it a falling rain delay, so it must be a rising sun delay.