Smith: Most desirable outcome of MLB lockout? A better game

It always looks selfish and silly when a sport’s billionaires and multimillionaires publicly fight over billions of dollars.


It looked bad, then horrible in 1994 and ’95.

It was severely out of touch and misguided in 2020, when the real world was suffering through the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Major League Baseball couldn’t get its act together to play more than a measly 60-game season.

On Wednesday, as MLB inched closer toward a 10:59 p.m. deadline and its first work stoppage in 26 years, while the rest of the working real world dealt with inflation, supply-line problems, a still uneven economy and an already off-kilter holiday season?

Selfish. Silly. Misguided. Out of touch. And that’s just the start.

Billionaire owners threatening to lock out incredibly wealthy players looks even more absurd when we already know both sides will eventually find some of form of middle ground, like they always do.

Game 6 of the 2021 World Series — Atlanta 7-0 over the Astros inside a deflated Minute Maid Park, in case you forgot — won’t soon become the last MLB game ever played.

But there are two key things to remember as baseball — decades removed from actually being America’s pastime — approaches another self-indulgent labor battle while we wait for baseball to be played again.

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