Jeff Samardzija Lights Fire Under Owners in Savage Burn About Fan-Less Games

Jeff Samardzija
San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants, along with all 29 other MLB franchises, will play home games in the 2020 MLB season without fans in the stands, as the league will try their hardest to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija, clearly a bit jaded and wounded by how negotiations between the league and union went down, thinks that there might be a slight chance that fans are allowed in the stands, as the owners have shown "they're not afraid to put anyone at risk, especially if it makes them money."

Sports is very clearly a business, first and foremost. While most sports fans understand how that eternal truth guides decision-making inside a front office, never was that proven more unequivocally true than during these recent negotiations, as owners were scrambling for any and all chances to cut pay.

Considering how these owners look to vacuum up money wherever and whenever possible, there has to be at least one owner that is dreaming up ways to get fans in the stands before the end of this shortened 60-game season.

Samardzija's opinion might sound like a hot take, but if the owners proved anything during MLB's hiatus, it's that they will be willing to sacrifice an entire season if it means that they'll save a few bucks.