Re: Please let Papi go!
posted at 11/8/2011 9:52 PM EST
In Response to Re: Please let Papi go!
[QUOTE]I've said it before, and I'll say it again just to be repetitive. No one since Yaz has ever more earned the right to retire in the home whites than David Ortiz. 20M for two years isn't overpaying for the production Papi gave us last year, if he can keep up that pace. Throw in a mutual option for a third year and Ortiz retires as a Red Sox IMO. To me, that's a good move on at least two levels. First it brings back the premier DH in all of baseball to the Sox. Second it's a good PR move when it comes to attracting big time ballplayers to Boston. Let's face it, the Red Sox public image has really taken a beating in the wake of the September collapse and the hatchet jobs by the Boston press on the Club in general and Francona in particular. That being said, if I were GM I might tell David's agent to come back with the best offer he can get and we'll beat it. I don't think David could get 10M per from anyone else but the Sox, especially with the Yanquis out of the picture.
Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]
To compare anyone from Yaz' era to a player of today is foolish. Players back then made decent money, but weren't part of the uber-rich, and took pride in what they do. Respect WAS a big part of it.
Now? Ortiz has made close to $100 MILLION F U C K I N G DOLLARS. He earned the right to cash THOSE checks, he doesn't "deserve" and isn't "owed" a single thing more. I could argue that fans "deserve" him playing a season or two for FREE, he "owes" it to the fans who have supported him through slumps, old age, and steroid scandals to give a little back in the form of free games played. How about that? No, all these years, and this money, all this for a BASEBALL PLAYER, and he still whines about wanting more.
It's "just business" when athletes want every penny, and it's "just business" when you're a 36 year old baseball player looking for multiple years in the post-steroid era.
Good Bye Ortiz. Thanks for the memories, you've been paid handsomely, good luck with the rest of your career. Hopefully ELSEwhere.