So, in what has to be one of the most unusual labor actions in *any* sport, ever, the Red Sox delayed today’s game with Toronto for about an hour, and threatened to boycott their entire trip to Japan, if their coaches didn’t receive the same $40,000 stipend that the players themselves are receiving.
Manager Terry Francona said he learned about the non-payment for coaches and staff Tuesday, and the players voted unanimously not to play their final game of the Grapefruit League season and delay their trip in protest.
It was a threat that worked — because about an hour after the game was supposed to begin, the team and the league reached a deal. Thumbs up for the players — but you have to scratch your head and wonder what the league was thinking. Pay the players 40 G’s, and give the clubhouse attendants and coaching staff nothing? We’ll only hope this was an accidental ommisson and not an intentional decision on a trip that’s likely to net the league millions in merchandising opportunities.