"I don't like the idea of Liz four months pregnant working every day. I don't know how much longer she can do it. [Under state law] I can't collect unemployment [for seven weeks, because the work loss is strike-related]. I've just got to wait. My in-laws are staying upstairs, and they help out. But you have to cut back. We used to go out once a week to dinner or a movie. Now we don't. But there's only so much you can cut back on....
"I'm seriously looking at my life insurance, because that's a big chunk every month."
Adam Monash, 27
"I have basically lost $3,000 and had to postpone my education. I planned to go to Metropolitan State College for the fall semester and get a second degree, in marketing.... I'm collecting $125 a week unemployment now, which is nothing. I work Bronco games and Colorado football games, but those are only once a week, once every two weeks.
"Now I'm interning with the American Arbitration Association. It's just an internship, with no pay. I hope I'll find a regular nine-to-five job. I'd like to eventually do something in labor relations....
"I think both sides are at fault. The owners are not being straight, and the players make too much money. It's hard to think of a union with 800 members as worthy of a national crisis. I mean, the Denver teachers are thinking of going on strike, and what's more important? Baseball heroes? Where do our values lie?"
Trent Breitenbucher, 45
"I worked for the Angels nine-to-five, for the last seven years, and for the last two years I've also worked part time for the city of Anaheim selling Angels tickets. In my main job, I was mostly involved with the Junior Angels Club....
"To me the greatest loss is that most kids identified with ballplayers—with Babe Ruth in his time, with Mickey Mantle in his time. Now players are seen as greedy in a time when we need to uphold values, when we need role models, when we need someone to look up to. Greed is a big factor in the strike, but I'm not taking sides. I have friends on both sides of it. I'm still an employee of the California Angels. It's just a loss for everyone.
"It's also a financial loss for me. I'm getting unemployment. But I have a son, Phil, who's graduating from high school next spring. My other son, Erich, just turned 16, he's a sophomore. We're doing the best we can to stay positive, but it's a real struggle. It's definitely curbed our lifestyle. The big question is, With the kids' college coming up, what are we going to do? We're going through our savings right now. It's painful."