Miguel Tejada is under contract to make $10,781,206.00 in 2005. He's an All-Star in every sense of the word -- by all accounts and measures, he's a great guy, and one of the most talented baseball players on the planet. I'm not really implying that he's overpaid, because I don't think he is, but does a man who is already a multi-millionare deserve to be given a $70,000 car for hitting a home run in a meaningless game?
Before the game, there was a moment of silence for the victims of the bombings in London. It was a nice touch of class, but did it really mean anything? $70,000 is a lot of money that could have been donated to the Red Cross and sent over there. So we'll pretend to care about what happened in London, and then in the end, we'll throw away $70,000 in the name of a shameless publicty stunt that could have gone to help those people. It just seems hypocritical. Actually, it doesn't seem hypocritical, it is hypocritical. I'm no expert in humanitarian relief efforts, but I'm guessing $70,000 could go a long way to help a lot of people. I doubt the Tejada family really needs a vehicle. Just a hunch.
I love baseball. I always have, and I always will, but let's avoid giving multi-millionares free sports cars live on national television.
Baseball already has an image problem, do we really need to add to that by displaying this kind of gross, shameless behavior in front of the casual national baseball audience?
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