Just recently, I read in the paper about the Rangers 'success' that year. The whole matter is still interesting in hindsight.
I still blame the players. Here is a summation of the argument I had back then:
All of us have to deal with greedy ownership of our employers at some level or another, and corporate greed is very much a part of our times. We also recognize that baseball has become a business. However, the players seem to think that they are above all of that. While we have to deal with management handing us unfair labor practices, the players believe it shouldn't apply to them. We are all underpaid, and its getting worse. And yet, if the players believe that they are underpaid, at least its getting better.
Most of all that still applies today, but the labor/management situation has cooled off because both sides recognize that times are hard. In recent weeks or months, the two sides signed a new labor agreement and it barely made a ripple in the news.
Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP.
A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill.
Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.