Re: If it's the contract that's bothering you...
posted at 6/22/2011 10:23 AM EDT
In Response to Re: If it's the contract that's bothering you...
[QUOTE]df2 ... appreciate your post. And I understand your position, to a degree, no pun intended. My mother had 2 bachelor's and 3 master's degrees and was the daughter of a brilliant hydro-electric engineer ... but never used considerable education and intelligence to work beyond trying to aide folks with difficulties of one sort or another. Vocational rehab, addiction rehab. She turned down management level positions because she loved working with the people in need. Her dad built hydro-electric systems in Greece and all over the US. And her mom was the old fashioned "school marm" ... taught in Montana Territory ... My dad was a Ph.D., a pastor, college professor (elected emeritus upon retiring) and they were both foreign/overseas missionaries. Like your lady, lives of service. Crawford signed for $142 million not $170 ... sorry .... I slipped off there... I understand what you're saying about how the FO has chosen to spend this or that ... I felt particularly upset when Bronson signed a "family friendly" deal and they shipped him to Cincy ... But it still is not Carl's fault that he signed. Uh, not his fault he was OFFERED the contract ... sure, it's his fault he signed. Wouldn't you? I will contend with you about him being a utility player. He's been more than that for years and an all star as well. But we won't fight over that ... I understand parabolic speach fairly well, even when people don't inte end to use it. You and I, sir, are in the enviable positioin, being Red Sox fans, to be able to see how this all plays out. Is that not true? Let us reengage in this discussion in October and November and see if either of us is molified as to our stance. My deepest hope is that you and I and the rest of our Sox fans are idiotically happy with another WS win ... And I mean the several upcoming Octobers and Novembers ...
Posted by SinceYaz[/QUOTE]
I have absolutely no problem with Crawford as human being. The guys that annoy me are people like JD Drew. People that have no passion for what they do. My contempt, in that regard, is certainly not limited to athletes. I saw a documentary on Crawford a little while ago and he seems like a genuinely good guy.What kind of dummy wouldn't take the money?
It's been my contention for years that fan expectations regarding "loyalty" are absurd. Teams rarely show any loyalty. And fans are just as bad, if not worse. Look at all the people that turned on Ortiz in the last few years. It was disgusting. If anybody should have been untouchable it was Big Papi. But the players are supposed to show loyalty? That's crazy. I never have an issue with a player going where the money is. Unless they lie, like Pedro and claim it isn't about the money. Nobody likes to have their intelligence insulted. So no, I have no problem with Crawford taking the money. Or even him playing poorly. It's not like he isn't trying.
And you are right about Crawford not being a utility player. Just a little frustrated at this point.
Here's the thing: At one point earlier this season, I was derisively and sarcastically referring to Ellsbury and Crawford as the Ellsbury twins. But at a certain point I had to stop because Ellsbury was playing so well. And even if he was just having a typical Ellsbury season, would that really be that much worse than what they expected from Crawford? The fact is they had an obsession with Crawford for years. And they were going to get him no matter if it was a good idea or not.
I don't doubt Ellsbury will help this team win some ballgames at some point this year. He already has with a few walkoffs. But my contention is that they signed and overpaid for a player they did not need. He will never make a big enough impact on this team to even almost warrant 20 million dollars a year. And for a team on a budget that's an issue. For me anyway.
As for the girlfriend Part of me secretly hopes that once we have some kids of our own she will maybe rethink her career choice. She's constantly exhausted. She does two jobs for the pay of one. She is stressed out because she doesn't even know if she will have a job next year. I just hate to see her struggle like that. I can't help but wonder what she could accomplish if she set her mind to something else. She is the most driven intelligent person I've ever met. She's 30. I can't imagine another 30 something years of that.
I know this is going to sound terrible, but if I had a genius level IQ I wouldn't waste it in a classroom. It seems almost tragic. I love that she's so compassionate. But I think there are ways to help people and society without subjecting yourself to poverty. Or ignoring your potential. I just wonder if she retires as a teacher wether she will have regrets when she looks back on her life.
I keep these things to myself because I want her to feel supported. But it bothers me.