Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“If it were to come down to an economic issue and that’s the reason baseball didn’t come back, you’re looking at a situation similar to the strike of ’94 and ’95 as far as fans are concerned,” Glavine said. “Even if players were 100% justified in what they were complaining about, they’re still going to look bad.”
Glavine said this is a unique situation but that the “revenue split to the union is a scary proposition.”
Still, Glavine said players should be careful not to talk too much about their pay, comparing it to interviews he gave during the 1994-95 strike.
“The accessibility thing was a miscalculation on my part,” Glavine told the newspaper. “I just felt like if I did an interview on the radio or TV, if I had five or 10 minutes, I could make somebody understand what was going on and come to our side. That just wasn’t going to happen.”
He also acknowledged the apprehension for players that comes with the possibility of spreading the virus.
“I understand that a big part for all of us in getting back to our normal is to have sports back,” he said. “But you can’t dismiss a player’s concern for his health or his family’s health any more than you would dismiss your own concerns.
“… If I was playing today, I wouldn’t say, ‘Hell no, I’m not playing.’ But of course I’d have a concern that once you step out that door and you go back into that world, there’s a chance you’re bringing something home to your family. It’s 100% fair for players, coaches, everybody to be concerned about that.”
Glavine, who said he is happy not to be a player or have union responsibilities given the crisis, noted that he is looking forward to the return of sports.
“I probably miss NHL playoffs more than baseball, at least this time of year,” Glavine told the AJC. “It’s part of the routine. It’s nice to do what you do all day, eat dinner and then sit down and watch some kind of game. Not having games to watch has been hard. But you know, we’ll get through it.”
If you have the opportunity to play baseball for a living, under any circumstances, you take it.
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