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Friday’s Mashup: Union angry after Yankees players cross hotel strike picket line upon arrival in Boston: ‘This is a slap in the face to all Bostonians’

Lucy Burdge
October 05, 2018 - 5:49 am

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MLB: Cleveland at Houston, 2:05 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Colorado at Milwaukee, 4:15 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: NY Yankees at Boston, 7:32 p.m. (TBS, WEEI-FM 93.7)
MLB: Atlanta at LA Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


-- The Yankees arrived in Boston on Thursday and gave Red Sox fans another reason to hate them.

Boston hotel cleaners, cooks and servers, were on day two of their strike, marching outside seven of the city’s Marriott-run hotels calling for more stable schedules, a living wage, and more on-the-job protections, when the Yankees arrived at the Ritz-Carlton to check in.

As the strikers chanted “Don’t check in! Check out!” urging people to stay at other hotels until their demands are met, the Yankees walked right through the picket line.

Unite Here Local 26, which represents the striking workers, is angry about this.

“We understand that there’s a very intense rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, but quite frankly we’re a little outraged they would take it out on working class people who are out here sacrificing to improve their livelihoods,” Unite Here Local 26 President Brian Lang said. “This is a slap in the face to all Bostonians.”

The union does also represent some Fenway Park workers, but they are not on strike.

“The Red Sox would never spit on their fans the way the Yankees are,” Lang continued. “We believe just like David Ortiz said, ‘This is our city.’ We’re proud of it, and who are they to be coming in and spitting on a message that we’re trying to bring through for all the people of Boston?”

In a statement, the MLB Players Association said, “From what we understand, these workers have been trying to negotiate a fair contract for more than six months. They deserve to be heard and deserve our support.”

-- Johnny Damon is one of the few players who has won a World Series with both the Red Sox and the Yankees but he is picking the latter over the former in the upcoming ALDS.

"New York's my team," Damon said. "The Yankees, that's who I want to win … I think [the Yankees> upset them."

Damon, of course, won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 before he turned into a traitor and signed with the Yankees in 2006.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "3-2, time to get to 4-2. Kansas City up next. LFG.” -- Tom Brady, after the Patriots’ win over the Colts on Thursday night