Bye Bye Johnny

Highlander wrote:

Well if they don't get the pitching, they at least have someone that can catch the ball in centerfield now when it's hit.

Who are the other starters again?

Chien-Ming Wang (the name says it all)
Shawn Chacon who did OK once aquired from Colorado, but hey, anybody's numbers are going to get better once they leave Colorado.

Again, who? No I know they had decent 2nd halfs last season. I just would not expect them to continue what they started.

Carl Pavano
and Jaret Wright who posted an abysmal 6.08 ERA last year.

Yeah, I am sure they are loving the NL to AL move right about now.

Didn't Pavano start b*tching that he does not want to be in NY anymore?

I think right now, the NY Mets pitching staff looks better than the NY Yankees. Well except for Rivera, he is a once in a generation type pitcher.

Well, here he is:
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It's a like a metaphor for the CHRONIC (WHAT?) CULLS of Narnia.

Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Simmons' Article on this sums up my feelings exactly.

He's right. Let's bring back the Reserve Clause. IMAGE(http://www.bornhigh.com/images/smiles/icon_twisted.gif)

But jokes aside. An excellent article. I guess what it boils down to is that back before free agency, many ball players weren't these super rich stars (yes some were) but many were just ordinary Joes. Then the arbitrator struck down the reserve clause and Steinbrenner was the first to start offering the million dollar contracts starting with Catfish Hunter, which I think is probably where A LOT of the hate of GS comes from. He basically started the free agent system and tried to do what the '97 Marlins perfected ... buying a world series. This was a man that, in 1989, signed Pascual Perez with a stunning 64-62 record to a 3-year, $5.7 million contract. That was almost $2 million a year (1.9 exactly) and to put it in perspective, it would not be until after the 1991 season that baseball had its first $3 Million Man in Kirby Puckett.

Now us regular people don't see what the big deal is about once the money gets that high. Instead of $11 million a year by your current team, this other team will sign you for $11.5 million. Does an extra $2.5 million REALLY make a difference when you are already making so much for playing a game? I don't think so. I think it goes to that competativeness that the athletes have. So-and-So got a five year, $57 million contract? Well then, I have got to have a five year, $57.1 million contract, so I can say I am the best. That's why they can honestly say that it is not about the money but about getting the best deal possible. Stats do not show an athlete's worth. His contract does.

Highlander wrote:

Now us regular people don't see what the big deal is about once the money gets that high. Instead of $11 million a year by your current team, this other team will sign you for $11.5 million. Does an extra $2.5 million REALLY make a difference when you are already making so much for playing a game? I don't think so. I think it goes to that competativeness that the athletes have. So-and-So got a five year, $57 million contract? Well then, I have got to have a five year, $57.1 million contract, so I can say I am the best. That's why they can honestly say that it is not about the money but about getting the best deal possible. Stats do not show an athlete's worth. His contract does.

Oh yeah, it is totally about one-upsmanship, and like Simmons says, I don't think we "normal" people are above it. Who hasn't seen three guys nearly put themselves in the poorhouse just to have a bigger, badder car than the other two? And all the "Check out my PC Rig" threads across the internet. The stakes are different, but when every reliever in the MLB waits for Billy Wagner to sign because he will set the tone for all of their salaries, well, it strikes me as just guyish one-upsmanship is all. Factor in that it's money, and yes, people want to get paid. I have a hard time understanding how so many people who will humiliate themselves on TV for a small chance at $1M can come down on people who can leverage their way into riches.

I remember hearing some of the Gossip during the T.O. contract saga, and yeah, it's about one-upping the other guys. If 1st Baseman A is making $10M a season, and you put up better numbers than him, then you feel that you're worth more than First Baseman A is, and if the team you're currently playing for doesn't think you are, to heck with them, someone else will pay.

This is all symptomatic of Free Agency in general. Much of the sport has become a buisness, like it or not, and the players are just as much buisnessmen as the owners. They have a product, a commodity to trade on, and they're demanding market value.

Highlander wrote:

Well, here he is:
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I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. It makes me so sad

Sorry, baby. I'll grow a beard and start trying to learn how to maybe hit a baseball if it will make you feel better.