Monday, August 2, 2010
You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?
You know what really grinds my gears? When these super-talented, rich, spoiled, world-class athletes kick and scream and whine like little babies over their contracts. Oh, boo-hoo you're only making $5 million this year and someone on another team is making $5.5 million. Go ahead and hold out, I don't want your pampered ass playing for my team anyways.
There are some guys who do it the right way. Ryan Howard comes to mind. He played out his entry-level contract with the Phillies, despite putting up massive MVP-esque numbers. He was hitting over 40 HRs a season and getting paid less than $1 million. He kept his mouth shut, did his job, and in the end won a huge sum of money through arbitration.
However, we always get guys like Chris Johnson or Darrelle Revis, who think that because they played well for one season, that they deserve a huge deal that reflects the quality of their play. I bet you if they were getting paid a ton and played like shit they wouldn't complain about not getting paid ilke a scrub.
Or how about Albert Haynesworth? This fat baby demanded a trade all off-season because he didn't like the defensive scheme the new coach was putting in. Then he went ahead and collected $21 MILLION IN GUARANTEED MONEY. After this he skipped all of the teams summer workouts. Oh yeah, and then when he finally did show up, he came in overweight, failed his conditioning test twice, and hasn't even tried it in 3 days due to a "sore knee". I bet he has a bruised ego too.
The general thesis of this rant is shut your mouth, do your job, and let your agent take care of it. You have nothing to complain about. You make more money than 99.99% of people in the world to play a game for a living.