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The blame game

Why do fans always pick the wrong side on holdout disputes?

Updated: May 3, 2012, 2:31 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

DURING THE HEIGHT of the Ozzie Guillen foot-in-mouth controversy, curiously few fans defended the manager's prerogative to speak his mind. Rather, many took the stance that his employer, the Miami Marlins, had every right to discipline him harshly for speaking in favor of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. "If I said something my boss didn't like," went a common attitude in the fan blogosphere, "I'd get fired immediately."

At nearly the same time, in a different sport, ...

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