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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Meet the new boss. Not the same as the old boss.The putative new boss of the players' union seems like a very different guy than the departing old boss:
Every week, [Michael] Weiner and his trademark blue jeans stride down to his basement classroom and teach Sunday school to one of the few congregations less orderly than major league baseball owners . . . An anchor role in baseball’s often nasty pastime-or-business identity crisis will almost certainly test Weiner’s reputation for being a stunningly regular guy. He wears blue jeans and Chuck Taylor All-Stars to all but the most solemn of affairs. He is the son of a New Jersey construction worker. He suspects that the last time he combed his unruly and increasingly occasional hair was before his sister’s 1998 wedding.
Don Fehr simply didn't do laid back and amiable and his longtime second in command, Gene Orza, actually made Fehr look relaxed by comparison. According to this article and other accounts I've heard, Weiner is far more of a consensus-builder and reasonable negotiator than was Fehr, so things could look very different in 2011 when the current CBA is up for renegotiation.
Or not. Maybe Weiner's thing was to play good cop to Fehr and Orza's bad cop, and now that they're leaving, he'll need to break out the billy club and brass knuckles. One never knows with these things. There can be no question, however, that if Weiner does one day have to deliver bad news to the public about a work stoppage that he'll be somewhat better accepted than the often prickly Fehr, and that's at least some kind of progress.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:18pm
Aaron Moreno said...
If I were ownership, and the opposition came in looking laid back and relaxed, my first inclination would be to push him, and see what he’s really like.
Posted 06/24 at 01:18 PM
I agree that’s probably what ownership will do. But if I were ownership, I’d start wondering what exactly this guy’s got going for him that he’s able to be so laid back and relaxed and yet get pretty far in life. Personally, I’d start getting worried. Either I’m dealing with a schlub who doesn’t get it (and while schlubs do often rise far, it’s dangerous to assume someone in a high-level position is a schlub. P.S. I like writing “schlub”), or else he’s one sharp guy who gets it a whole lot better than I do.
Posted 06/24 at 02:59 PM
Okay, I tip my hat to the new revolution, but what is that song that’s been (partially) rolling about my head for the last 3 hours? Is it The Who? CSI:Miami theme?
Posted 06/24 at 03:15 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
The Who “Won’t get fooled again.” I don’t watch the CSI shows, but I think one of them uses it. In fact, I think all of them use one Who song or another.
Posted 06/24 at 03:17 PM
Thanks, try CSI Miami sometime if you’d like to see David Caruso channel Jack Lord.
Posted 06/24 at 03:49 PM
The Rabbit said...
I suspect the owners know exactly with whom they’ll be dealing.
Posted 06/24 at 06:07 PM
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