Re: Mike Lowell - a fan's dream
posted at 2/22/2014 8:36 AM EST
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Ortiz mentions contract every year, and it divides the fans.
Lester mentions home town discount, and the fans can't even agree within 40% what that would be.
Mike Lowell put his money where his mouth is.
I just want to take a moment to refect on one of the most professional, and humble players to pass through Boston in quite some time.
We all know how he got to Boston...as part of the Hanley R/Beckett deal, the Sox were 'forced' to take him and his 7mil contract for the priviledge of acquiring Beckett.
In his contract year, he says nothing, goes out and plays...and turns out to be the WS MVP, and 5th in the overall MVP voting.
He wanted to be in Boston. He said it, everyone believed it. You could not possibly be riding a bigger wave of fan support at that time.
Sox offered 3/37.5. It was WIDELY reported the Phillies had a deal of about 4/48 on the table for him.
Again, we all know how it turned out.
He took LESS money.
He took FEWER years.
Because he loved Boston. And he proved it.
He put his heart in Boston...then his body followed. His hip degenerated in front of us all. We saw teams challenge him with bunts, and we all saw him battle through the pain and play his mother fking a s s off. He starts losing time to the injury...and says nothing. THe Sox try to, and actually DO trade him...only for it to get reversed. And he says nothing.
"Following the 2009 season, the Red Sox and Texas Rangers agreed to a deal that would send Lowell to Texas for catcher Max Ramirez. However, the deal was called off by the Rangers when they discovered that Lowell required surgery on his right thumb. Lowell underwent a successful surgery on December 30. He remained with the Red Sox and joined the team for Spring Training following rehabilitation on his surgically repaired thumb. On April 10, 2010, Lowell announced that he would most likely retire after the 2010 season. In the 2010 season he played as a backup infielder at first and third base and as a pinch hitter. On August 3 after coming back from nearly 2 months on the disabled list, Lowell stepped into the batters box to a standing ovation at Fenway Park and hit a 2-run home run on the first pitch."
I don't know where Lester will end up when his playing days are over.
I know Papi will always be a God in Boston. But to many, like myself, his mouth has tarnished his own legend.
Mike Lowell will forever be remembered as I described him above: professional, humble, hard working. I have no doubt of his affinity for Boston. I will always put Lowell on a pedestal with the Sox greats for how he played, and how he conducted himself. If 04 was Ortiz' year. 07 was equally Lowell's.
I know that I will always appreciate Mikey and what he did for US.
He was all that the WIKI said and more.
But Mikey wasn't appreciated elsewhere with what - at that time - was seen as an albatross of a contract and that he was overpaid compared to his production.
Just because WE could afford him as a throw in with the Beckett deal, which worked out quite well for us, if we remember correctly, didn't mean he wasn't an issue elsewhere. Quite the opposite.
I appreciate what Papi has done, too. And I don't have any problems with his mouth, as you say. That, so paraphrase and clean up an earlier line, is "Papi being Papi!" But he never wavered in is support for Boston, the city or the team. To put a plug in his mouth so that you can appreciate his greatness from the quiet of your pwn home or the din of noise from your own drinking hole speaks more of YOUR desire than his.
The last I checked, David lives in a free society where personal opinion, no matter how it is expressed, is valued.
In THIS Boston, on THIS team - BIg Papi, well deserved, all day, all Papi!
I love Mikey. I loved watching him play. I loved Papi, too, and expect the Dominican pirate to hoist up his colors and speak his mind.
If you want quiet and unifomity, there's a team in NY that REQUIRES everyone to be the same, from hair cuts on down. You might visit NYC SAMENESS sometime ...