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Pettitte Rejects $10 Million Yankees Offer

Sports Politics

Sports Politics

If somebody offered me $10 million to play baseball for one of the most hated teams, I’d smile with grillz in my teeth. But I don’t play baseball and I’d probably have to pay a team to include me on their roster. Andy Pettitte on the other hand has no such worries and would reject such an offer.

The left-handed starter said no to the New York Yankees’ offer for a one year, $10 million extension. Though Pettitte felt he would like to remain with the Yankees, he ultimately left the decision up to his agents. Is it me or has sports become polluted with politics and greed? Athletes don’t play for sheer passion anymore but instead $$.

1st Dollar Sign = Power/Endorsements (i.e. Pride, Influence)
2nd Dollar Sign = Star Appeal (i.e. Fame, Sex)
3rd Dollar Sign = More of 1 & 2 (i.e. $$)

I’d consider playing professional sports for a merely $20,000 over a 9 to 5 job. Putting your hobby to work seems rewarding enough to consider a pay cut – Especially if you’re measuring in millions. So it’s sad to see players leaving their teams due to salary. Especially in a collapsing economy where flexibility is a must. Pettitte’s $10 million offer is a pay cut of $6 million from last season and possibly the main reason he may opt out.

The problem is it’s not just the players it’s the franchises too. The Yankees pledged a whopping $180 million to first baseman Mark Teixeira and a combined $243.5 million for starting pitchers CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. There’s no loyalty with franchises and athletes. People are all about $$ <– Remember what that means.

I guess I won’t understand unless the greed has taken over me…So I’ll never understand.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Major League Baseball | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Evilest Empire snags Teixeira

Hanky Poo

Hanky Poo

Well, I had posted yesterday that the Red Sox were the forerunners to sign Teixeira. I guess I was wrong. The Yankees apparently have swooped in and signed the first baseman to an eight-year contract worth over $170 million. Just when you think you got them, they jump right in and snag the prey.

The Yankees have been the big spenders this off-season acquiring CC Sabathia from the Brewers, Burnett from the Blue Jays and now Teixera from the Angels. Steinbrenner’s cash machine just seems to be the size of Scrooge McDuck’s cash vault. Yankee fans are most likely ecstatic. With over 400 million spent this month, the Yankees now hold the four most expensive players in Baseball (A-Rod, Jeter, Sabathia, Teixeira).

Well that saga is over and done with. No more “where will Teixera land” conversations on the radio and TV. Now be sure to expect more Yankee revival talk. Just remember, you can buy the best talent, make the best stadium and leave games early during blowouts (Yeah that’s you Yankee fans) but you can’t control egos. I’m seeing too many big name’s with big time baggage. So enjoy the new era of Yankee baseball, I’ll be rooting for the underdog.

Who says money can’t buy happiness?

RaginRondo

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Major League Baseball | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Recession? Don’t Tell The Yankees

The country’s infrastucture is collapsing.  Automakers are begging on Capitol Hill are begging like Oliver Twist.  We owe China and Japan rent.  Incomes are plummeting.  Layoffs are the new playoffs.  Crime rates are rising.  However, the Yankees still mustered $160 million to sign C.C. Sabathia.  That is the largest pitching contract in the history of the universe. 

Rich Getting Richer

Rich Getting Richer

The Yankees signing of Sabathia highlights everything that’s wrong with Major League Baseball.  In times when the economy is down only the richest of teams can subsist without worrying, and in fact the big 6 (Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Cubs, Angels, and Dodgers) can take advantage of the times and make themselves richer, thus distancing themselves from the rest of the pack.  The Yankees now own the highest paid position player (A-Rod) and the highest paid pitcher (Sabathia).  Combine their salaries and you’ll see that the duo is worth more than the entire Royals roster.  That’s mind-blowing.  Here’s the kicker…the Yankees are getting NYC to build them a new house.  How’s that going down?  What do you think folks who live in Harlem, Washington Heights, and Brooklyn have to say about that?  The Yankees are the new Kennedy’s (see papa Joe’s business moves during the Depression), building their empire as the world is in shambles.   The imbalance of Major League Baseball parallels the imbalance of reality.

 

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Major League Baseball, Talkin Trash | , , , , , | Leave a comment