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Tuesday’s Mashup: Dodgers cross hotel worker strike picket line in Boston, workers union says ‘Jackie Robinson is rolling over in his grave right now’

Lucy Burdge
October 23, 2018 - 7:36 am

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MLB: LA Dodgers at Boston, 8:09 p.m. (Fox, WEEI-FM 93.7)
NBA: Philadelphia at Detroit, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- The Yankees got ripped earlier this month when they crossed the picket line of Boston hotel workers striking outside the Ritz-Carlton when they came to town to play the Red Sox and now the Dodgers are getting the same treatment from the union after crossing the line.

The Red Sox’ World Series opponents arrived at the Ritz on Monday and crossed the UNITE HERE Local 26 picket line outside, upsetting workers union.

UNITE HERE President Brian Lang released a statement to the Dodgers:

“The bottom line is workers out there who are on their third week of striking, who live paycheck to paycheck, who are fighting for a livable income so one job would be enough. You’ve got millionaire ball players who would rather sleep in a hotel, even if it’s struck, because it has suites. I personally think that Jackie Robinson is rolling over in his grave right now. He’s an icon who that organization hails as a hero and they act completely differently than he would in this situation.”

The workers at Marriott-owned hotels began picketing on Oct. 3, just before the Yankees arrived and stayed at the Ritz.

The union reportedly tried to find the Dodgers rooms at a more “socially responsible” hotel but the Dodgers refused when other hotels did not have enough suites for the players. Suites are stipulated in some of the players’ contracts.

While the Dodgers and Yankees kept their Ritz-Carlton reservations, the Astros did switch hotels when they were in town.

-- Those who want to be Rae Carruth for Halloween are going to have to think of a different costume if they don’t already have a Carruth jersey.

The NFL is blocking fans from buying Carruth jerseys online following the former football star’s release from prison on Monday after serving 19 years for orchestrating a plot to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.

The league has banned the ability to customize jerseys to say Carruth, as it has with Aaron Hernandez and O.J. Simpson.

Carruth’s name has actually been banned since 2014 so people have been out of luck for a while.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Always tough to win on the road. Good to get one. Good to get 14 points from the kicking game.” -- Bill Belichick, on the Patriots’ win over the Bears on Sunday