While major league players are back, some fans say they'll still stay home.
The Baltimore-based group Fan Out America said today that members still plan to stage a nationwide boycott. The group is encouraging fans not to attend the first seven days of regular season play to punish players and owners for what the group described as taking fan loyalty for granted and threatening local economies by their disputes.The group still hopes to recruit volunteers to carry out the boycott.
The effort is led by Ed Bunker, 30, a state health department worker who has organized his group through the Internet, where he has plotted strategy and talked to other disgruntled fans.
Fans have responded via electronic mail from across the nation and even as far away as Canada, Britain and New Zealand. Petition drives have been organized supporting the boycott in California, Florida, Maryland and New York.