Baseball embodies the best and worst of what we love about professional sports. We are charmed by the history and the beauty of the game, and we are thrilled by the skill and competitiveness of the players. But those players, who earn obscenely high salaries, are unionized. And their relationship with management has always been fractious if not downright hostile. Players have gone on strike against the owners more than once over the years, and each time the fans have wished a pox on both their houses. It is hard to sympathize with millionaires who go on strike against billionaires, and it is hard to sympathize with billionaires ever.