Baseball's biggest names would all like to play games sooner rather than later.
But even with such an obvious common goal, it's rare to see the kind of cross-team uniformity that Major League Baseball's superstars are displaying this week.
With Rob Manfred suddenly wavering on his confidence that baseball would "100 percent" be played this year, players are voicing their displeasure at the prolonged stalemate.
And a players' rallying cry is forming: "Tell us when and where."
The phrase suggests that players will indeed show up and play if the league decides to impose a season. (Whether MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to impose a season remains to be seen.)
The phrase had been murmured by players for a while, but this week it's picked up steam on social media from the game's biggest names.
It began with Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Monday night:
Rob Manfred and the owners are walking back on their word...AGAIN. The fans do not deserve this. So I’ll say it one more time, tell us when and where.— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) June 16, 2020
Scherzer was supported by Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins and his Nationals teammate Patrick Corbin:
Tell us when and where. We’re ready! We’ve been ready! #LetTheKidsPlay— Rhys Hoskins (@rhyshoskins) June 16, 2020
Then, on Tuesday, the biggest names in the game started chiming in.
Mike Trout tweeted the phrase:
Tell us when and where!! https://t.co/zPMbehld1n— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) June 16, 2020
So did Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper:
Tell us when and where. https://t.co/hy157hOYkl— Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) June 16, 2020
So did Yankees prize free agent Gerrit Cole:
Tell us when and where! https://t.co/vzNjmx5C97— Gerrit Cole (@GerritCole45) June 16, 2020
So did Harper pal Blake Snell:
Tell us when and where!! https://t.co/uGAW2lz6pt— Blake Snell (@snellzilla4) June 16, 2020
Harper's teammate Nick Pivetta also got in on the action:
Tell us when and where.— Nicholas Pivetta (@Npivetta27) June 16, 2020
It's clear the players are trying to position themselves on the side of the fans, and fans' desire to simply watch some baseball — even if financial desires from both sides are what's actually getting in the way of (what's left of) the 2020 season.
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