That kind of reasonable thinking should have been evident more than two weeks ago. After an agreement is reached, the owners and the players can focus on growing the game over the next five or six years. By 2000, as many as 21 of 30 teams will be playing in stadiums less than 10 years old or will have a new park under construction. Another round of expansion will have occurred. Joint ventures between labor and management on marketing and international baseball—both provided for in this contract—will have blossomed. And, one hopes, a commissioner who does not happen to own a team will be in place. The owners already have wasted too much time getting started on all that.