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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

No Sox on the field

Walking off the job without the direction of a union leader? You mean you can do that?
Red Sox refuse to take field for game

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Boston Red Sox refused to take the field for their final spring training game in Florida on Wednesday and threatened to boycott their flight to Japan for their season openers unless their coaches and other staff are paid for the trip.

Fans filled the stadium, the national anthems were sung and Boston and Toronto lineups were announced, but the game did not begin at its 12:07 p.m. scheduled start.
Manager Terry Francona and his players were upset after learning staff members are not going to get a $40,000 stipend. The Boston Herald reported players insisted part of their agreement to make the trip included the fee — for them and the coaches.
The team voted unanimously earlier in the day not to play its final spring training game or to board the plane to Japan later Wednesday.
How's that for making a statement?


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