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Well, the battle between Greedy 1 and Greedy 2, it looks like will be resolved, at least for the next five years, as the Lockout is over and the Baseball Season has fully started this week. Because my tickets had already been paid, if in the middle of closing I was going to demand a refund of my money, they would only give me credit, not pocket money, so I’ll go to Cleveland a few times this spring, summer. , and falls, to watch the game I love so much. (For just a short time, I hope, I will go disappointed and frustrated.)

Throughout the block, I have heard many times from both teams, Greed and Avarice, that this fight was a fight for the players, or teams (whichever side you heard), for the future of the game and for the fans. However, they did not say when I, as a fan, can expect my share of the billions of dollars that both parties will make as a result of the season delay.

As I think about the fact that my tickets were recently posted to my account and I had to exchange a lot of weekend games with weekend games, as I had to do due to financial feasibility (Sally’s working hours, hotels, etc.) .), and I was in a hurry to make my exchange and get the hotel reservations, but I did not receive a penny from my expenses, for the inconvenience caused by the blockage, which became partly for the fans. The only thing left is to decide if it will be cheaper to fly than by car to Cleveland, due to rising gasoline prices and the number of trips we will make this year.

I use the word increase, instead of increase, as it is the most accurate word to use, because one of the stumbling blocks that caused the delay of the baseball season was the increase in starting salaries for beginners in Major League Baseball. Comparing MLB and the real world, using my career as a teacher, I placed my numbers next to MLB to make a point.

The initial salary when I started my full-time teaching career in ’77 was $ 8,900, 46% of MLB’s initial salary of $ 19,000 that year. The starting salary under this new MLB deal will be $ 700,000, and in the fifth year of the deal it will increase to $ 780,000, so should teachers make $ 322,000 (46% of $ 700.00) this year and to estimate it for 2027? Under the previous deal, MLB’s pre-lockout starting salary was $ 550,500, so their increase this year amounts to a salary increase of approximately 26.4%. By the end of five years, that number will be close to a 41.8% increase from the 2021 wage agreement. I remember once, maybe twice, I got a percentage increase of more than three percent.

Now, some say teachers should not be compensated for a full year because teachers do not work a full year. A school year is only 185 days. Most MLB players play 162 games, and another 20 in spring training that amount to 182 games. Since some players are involved in the play-offs, I will add another 21 days (not counting the playoff days between matches) amounting to just over 200 days, making him an MLB player and a teacher comparable to how many days people say they work in a year. [Point of contention though, Teachers work way beyond 185 days, when you add in Conference Days, Workshop Days, In-Service Days, days setting up their rooms, daily work stations, experiments stations, planning lessons, gathering materials, correcting papers, posting grades, after school extra help sessions, etc. (Sorry, never like reading, hearing, or acknowledging people who say teachers have the easiest job in the world.)]

In terms of salaries, I have always tried to continue with the negotiations for the salaries of our city, when they come out. Every percentage increase there, I remember, has never exceeded five percent, and I find it hard to remember much, if any, it has even reached five percent. We are talking about city workers, including those working in utilities (water, electricity, sewerage), sewerage, park maintenance and landscaping, tree maintenance (planting, removal, pruning, etc.), snow removal and public safety (police and fire departments). You would think that some of those workers should get a slightly higher percentage of salary increases than what some athletes do in “work”.

So am I a hypocrite who complains about the salaries of athletes but still attends games? I do not feel I am. I’m a sports fan. It is no secret baseball is my favorite sport. I like the competition, the fans, the sports history, the statistics, the records, the personal stories that come from the game. I like the memories in the museum and the ones I collected myself. (However, not a fan of Manfred Mann’s attempt to ruin the game.)

I am no longer a winter fan. I do not like snow, cold and can hardly wait until it ends every year. When winter ends, baseball starts, so after incredibly long periods of Cabin Fever every year, and especially after two years of pandemic blues, I have to watch baseball. Baseball is a lifeline for me. However, for the rest of my life I could not figure out where the Avarice and Greed Teams had me in mind. Nothing has been added to my portfolio, and both “teams” will cost me more in the long run.

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