That day was a day that anyone involved in Jai-alai will remember
forever. I was one of those players that decided not to strike.
I knew deep inside on that day that there was something wrong
with the way it was being handled. Knew about the 2 prior strikes
that the players had attempted in the past and knew that it was
a no win situation. It's very sad to see what has happened to
the sport and I'm sure there is alot of finger pointing going
on. Trying to put the blame on something or someone. Jai-alai
was a sport that I admired and loved and grew up playing when
I was a child. I admired the players that played the sport and
looked up to them the way kids would look up to other sport stars.
It's just sad to see what has happened to the sport and I don't
see it ever being as popular as it used to be. That's the sad
part!!! When you love a sport as much as I loved playing Jai-alai,
it hurts inside to know that this sport has gone to the dogs,
so to speak (especially in Melbourne).
I lost alot of good friends because of the sport and they are missed very much. It was like a botherhood that was formed and when the strike occured it divided families so to speak. I miss all those involved and hope that all those that I knew are doing well and they are missed.
It had been a long hard road ever since the strike knowing you have lost family because of personal opinions.