The players did make concessions during a pandemic, that’s the point....
This is another exceptionally naive point of view. In my experience, business owners and those who lead large organizations are always much more concerned about their customers and the long-term health of an organization that the average employee. Billionaire's don't achieve that level of success without an acute awareness of their clients. Their success is a product of servicing said clients needs.
The average baseball fan is not fanatical. Many of them understand the rest of the world is making concessions. Most of them understand the teams are going to lose an enormous amount of money. Most of them understand players would happily play for a quarter of what they get paid if that's what revenue dictated. Yet, they are unwilling to make any concessions during a global pandemic. The "I need to get mine" is not going to play well with most people.
Management is keenly aware of their client’s perspective. Who their clients actually are, is presumptive. There is a host of entities involved in funding a ball club including: secondary ticket sales, TV broadcasters/networks, MLBAM, Disney, and Private Equity investors, and yes fans who ultimately foot the bill but don’t have a direct voice to management.
The point is, this CBA fight isn’t in our best interest as fans. It’s in the best interest of players, and owners, who have a multitude of stakeholders.
It’s not about virtue, or fans. It never was, not from either side. It’s about money, and one side trying to leverage more out of the other.