Baseball fans haven't been dealt a consistent wave of good news for the better part of two months. Each time there's a semblance of optimism regarding the 2020 season, an update leaks in negotiations that leads most to believe that there's a slim chance a compromise will be made.
The owners' latest financial proposal was sent to players on Tuesday, and it's largely speculated that it won't be ratified. Conveniently enough, New York Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman posted a tweet that will serve as a needed ray of hope for fans.
Stroman is calling it like it is, but the fact that he's staying ready proves that there's a reason to be hopeful. Just because it's not looking promising that things will resume at or around the targeted early July timetable -- an agreement would likely need to be reached within the next seven to 10 days for that plan come to fruition -- doesn't mean the season will be cancelled altogether.
The owners' first proposal, which included a 50-50 revenue split and players taking a handsome pay cut, indicated that they were never going to give the players what they want without a fight.
This is just the first step in what is a huge week for the sport. The door for progress to be made is wide open, and Stroman believing that "brighter times remain ahead" means that you should too.