GotowarMissAgnes wrote: AcidRock23 wrote:
GotowarMissAgnes wrote:I really don't regard guys who make the decision to chase free agent dollars as degraded.
They aren't degraded in the chasing, they are degraded later, when they fail to live up to the hype and the fans get on them.
OK, I'm really confused. You wrote:
"It was a great move by the Cards to get him locked up but, to a large degree, he wanted to be locked up there and chose not to degrade himself chasing after free agency
they way that other guys seem to be able to do. "
But now you say:
"...They aren't degraded in the chasing..."
I guess we agree that chasing the $ isn't degrading. I guess you regard failing to live up to the expectations as fans as degrading. I guess I'd say I'm willing to be degraded for those kind of free agent $!! Degrade me please.
I can't imagine that Alfonso Soriano can't have any question as to his ability to be worth $136 million over the course of his contract, even if he is actually as old as his paperwork says he is. It would be interesting for someone to interview Chan Ho Park or Darren Dreifort on a psychological level and see where they are at after years of being pilloried for failing to live up to their contracts.
While I am not an MLB player, I would feel pretty badly if I did as poor of a job for what those guys are getting. That seems human to me and that is what I am getting at by suggesting that the players are 'degraded' by getting huge contracts that, at least according to the sort of tools used by fantasy baseball players, they do not appear likely to live up to.