In response to steven11's comment:
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In response to notin's comment:
Noting against Lowell, but comparing him to Papi is a little foolish.
Yes, Lowell said and did everything right. But let's not pretend Papi is out there robbing old ladies and setting orphanges on fire. He wants a contract to play baseball. Do we need endless news stories and multiple threads villifying him at every turn?
This has already gotten WAY more coverage than it deserves, and the sad little comparisons don't make it any better. OK, so Lowell signed quieter. Therefore we should turn on Papi? Well, Tim Wakefield gave the Sox a far, far better contract than Lowell did in terms of money, years and control, and did not allow it to go all the way to free agency before he signed. Why couldn't Lowell be more like Wakefield?
I think you are a little sensitive. This is a good thread about a great guy and much needed in a sea of ortiz comments. Lowell was like Tim in the sense that they did not bring all the cameras to them about contracts. They both waited until the season was over to discuss business.
How about we go even deeper in to the Mike contracts. Mike was not one of theo's boys, he was signed by Ben. I got the impression that season that theo had no intention of signing Mike after 07. Mike goes out and get the ws mvp and now theo is in a situation. Philly puts a massive offer on the table and not one comment by Mike that the sox should match it.
Mike played hurt and we all saw the pain he was in. We don't need to compare Lowell to anyone, he set the bar high enough thru his character and as a player, that others can be compared to him.
Not sensitive at all about Mikey. He was wonderful.
What is not needed is putting Ortiz down.
Shut the heck up about how we are "so offended" about a person who has been different than what we wish.
Papi has played here after 2006 for an incredible $13 to 14 million (rough figures) a season when players of the same value were playing for $10+ million a season more. Need I say that ARod was being paid ungodly amounts more but here are is a PARTIAL list of position players who got or will get MORE than Papi .... read it and see if you think he MIGHT just be a BARGAIN (if that is possible)
Ryan Howard, $25,000,000(2012-16)
Josh Hamilton, $25,000,000 (2013-17)
Albert Pujols, $24,000,000 (2012-21)
Robinson Cano, $24,000,000 (2014-23)
Prince Fielder, $23,777,778 (2012-20)
Joe Mauer, $23,000,000 (2011-18)
Manny Ramirez, $22,500,000 (2009-10)
. . . Mark Teixeira, $22,500,000 (2009-16)
. . . Joey Votto, $22,500,000 (2014-23)
Adrian Gonzalez, $22,000,000 (2012-18)
Jacoby Ellsbury, $21,857,143 (2014-20)
Matt Cain, $21,250,000 (2012-17)
Ryan Braun, $21,000,000 (2016-20)
Carl Crawford, $20,285,714 (2011-17)
Manny Ramirez, $20,000,000 (2001-08)
. . . Matt Kemp, $20,000,000 (2012-19)
Miguel Cabrera, $19,037,500 (2008-15)
Derek Jeter, $18,900,000 (2001-10)
Shin-Soo Choo, $18,571,429 (2014-20)
Buster Posey, $18,555,555 (2013-21)
Andruw Jones, $18,100,000 (2008-09)
Barry Bonds, $18,000,000 (2002-06)
. . . Sammy Sosa, $18,000,000 (2002-05)
. . . Jayson Werth, $18,000,000 (2007-14)
. . . Torii Hunter, $18,000,000 (2008-12)
. . . Ichiro Suzuki, $18,000,000 (2008-12) really?
. . . Vernon Wells, $18,000,000 (2008-14) really?
. . . Ryan Howard, $18,000,000 (2009-11)
. . . Hunter Pence, $18,000,000 (2014-18) REALLY?
Jose Reyes, $17,666,667 (2012-17)
Jason Giambi, $17,142,857 (2002-08)
. . . Matt Holliday, $17,142,857 (2010-16)
Carlos Delgado, $17,000,000 (2001-04)
. . . Jeff Bagwell, $17,000,000 (2002-06)
. . . Carlos Beltran, $17,000,000 (2005-11)
. . . Alfonso Soriano, $17,000,000 (2007-14)
. . . Andre Ethier, $17,000,000 (2013-17)
. . . Brian McCahttp, $17,000,000 (2014-18)