It seemed to me from Tony’s statements that the players have been put in the middle of a situation they don’t have control of and told ‘you’re the ones who have to make this right.’ He spoke also for those like himself who have been with the MO for a number of years. During that time the MO has moved from one level of critical acknowledgment to another. He referenced that when he said that the orchestra should not be compared to Detroit, but to Cleveland. Both sides need to be willing to give. The bills need to be paid, the endowment needs to be protected, and the players deserve to be treated with the utmost respect.