Rob Manfred gave every MLB player a pair of Bose headphones on Opening Day as a peace offering after 99-day lockout
Major League Baseball celebrated Opening Day weekend and the new-look Philadelphia Phillies took 2-of-3 games from the Oakland Athletics to kick off the 2022 season. Tonight, the Phillies will open up a three game series against their NL East Rival Mets.
However, we have one last topic to touch on in regards to Opening Day festivities. Rob Manfred had letters waiting in each players locker with a lovely little gift as a peace offering for the 99-Day MLB Lockout. Let’s take a look.
Rob Manfred’s Opening Day Letter to MLB Players
As we get ready to start a new season, I wanted to take a moment to send a note of appreciation. Being a Major Leaguer is an extraordinary accomplishment that beyond your remarkable talent shows your dedication to this great game. Along with our clubs, I’m committed to working together with all players to grow the sport. I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and by working together. I know we can bring the game to new heights.
Please accept this gift as a small gesture of my appreciation for the hard work that comes with being a Major Leaguer and your respect for our incredible fans. Thank you for everything you do in the game that has such a rich history and deep meaning to our fans in the U.S. and around the world. Wishing you the best of luck for a successful season.
Wow. What an inspirational letter from the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. I wonder what type of gift the players received as a “small gesture of his appreciation”.
Every MLB player got a gift box containing $199.99 Beats Fit Pro headphones in their lockers. lol.
Manfred was on record during Spring Training stating that he needs to be more of a “steward of the game” and work with players more on growing the sport. In response, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said the following:
“To just put it bluntly, he doesn’t do anything for us. I know how that’s going to read, so Commissioner Manfred, don’t take it personal. That’s just how it looks from a players’ standpoint.”
Manfred gave every MLB player a fan of Bose headphones as a peace-offering after a bitter 99-day lockout that delayed the start of the season. He knows how he is viewed among MLB players, so offering them Beats headphones is a pretty wild move.
Chicago Cubs union representative Ian Happ said the following after getting his new headphones:
“I don’t know that a bunch of guys across the league were jumping up and down, but it’s a step in the right direction.”
Keep in mind, the MLB player minimum salary is $570,000. Some quick math would indicate that Rob Manfred paid roughly $250,000 on Bose headphones. Amazing.
Just when you thought the MLB commissioner couldn’t be any more out of touch with MLB players and fans, he thought this was a good idea?
There are minor league players sleeping in their cars and eating cheese sandwiches while Rob Manfred is dropping a smooth quarter million on Bose head phones for MLB players that most likely, already have head phones. At the very least, the Phillies should send all their Beats to Lehigh Valley and let the Iron Pigs sell them on eBay for some extra gas money.
I don’t know who works for Rob Manfred but he clearly needs better help relating to players and Major League Baseball fans.
Right now, here are the vibes I’m getting: