bigh0rt wrote: Too often people act like these guys owe them something, when whether or not we'll admit it, we'd do the same damn thing, and you know why? So our children's children (and maybe even their children) don't have to worry about being in financial binds (barring wise decision making). What we fail to realize is that ballplayers are human beings, and employees, just as we are. If some school offered me $100,000 a year at this point in my career to move out of my curent district, I'd do it in a heartbeat, and I don't even have a family, yet. It happens. He's not a traiter, or a phony, or a sell out or any of those things. He's a man with a family, who has put them in a great financial situation for a long, long time to come, and is apparently in a situation that suits him.
I disagree. There is no comparision from the average Joe making 50K a year, to a guy who already has made 45mil before this deal.
And the addage i did it for my family is a joke. His family, plus his neighbors added on, could be set for life at 45 mil. At the end of his deal he will have made 97 mil. So what if he took 12 mil less. He makes 85 mil. Your family does not live any better on 97 mil to 85 mil. As to you jumping to 100K, that's huge, and it increases your buying level quite a bit. The difference bewteen 85 mil and 97 mil is 9 homes instead of 10, and maybe a few less investments. These deals have no comparision at all to the average Joes raising a family. Unless Damon hated Boston so much he could never return, this sounds like nothing but greed. The more you have, the more you want. $ isn't everything, and the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence.