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Winter of waiting: Baseball fans hope MLB lockout fleeting

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PHOENIX (AP) — The only hint of activity outside of Chase Field on Thursday afternoon was the low humming noise from a construction crew, which was busy hanging some signs for an upcoming col…
By DAVID BRANDT PHOENIX (AP) — The only hint of activity outside of Chase Field on Thursday afternoon was the low humming noise from a construction crew, which was busy hanging some signs for an upcoming college football bowl game. Otherwise, the home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks was quiet, almost serene. That’s fine — and even expected — on Dec.2. The problem is if it still feels like this on March 31. That’s the day the 2022 MLB season is scheduled to begin and Chase Field’s downtown concourse should be bustling with fans, ready to start the 162-game schedule with a day game against the Milwaukee Brewers. But it’s unclear if that game or any others will be happening this spring now that the sport has entered its first work stoppage in 26 years. Bill Pupo — a longtime baseball fan and Diamondbacks season-ticket holder — said he’s hopeful of a quick resolution, but also acknowledges the current labor squabble has the feel of the 1994-95 strike that lasted 7 1/2 months and wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years. “I think ownership is entitled to make a profit,” Pupo said.

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