Soapbox warning. I will keep it short.
25 million dollars for a one year contract to PLAY baseball and he turns it down. And the icing on the cake is that this guy isn’t even from America. He came here to play baseball. He wanted to play baseball or so it seemed. I guess he really came to America to make money. Sports figures have a lot of nerve in my opinion. Let’s face it. Manny Ramirez has a batting average of .332 which means that almost 70% of the time he fails in his job. Take that kind of record back to your job and see how long they keep you much less offer you 25 Million to stay on for a year.
I have heard several arguments for why these “super athletes” should get so much money. The first is that they only produce for a few years compared to regular people who have an income for 25 to 35 years. The other way to look at it is that these guys (and girls) only HAVE to work for a few years. If they are smart and bank even a small portion of their money, they can live out the rest of their lives with more than most of us working people. Wait, I feel better. I just did the math on this one and if I work for 200 years at my current salary, I can make as much as Manny could in one year if he were to accept this paltry offer. I don’t blame him a bit now.
Now the second argument for them making so much money is that they are held to a higher standard than the rest of us, being that they are constantly in the spotlight. In fact our children idolize many of them and often aspire to one day be just like them. That’s right, our children look up to these super heroes. And I have to say that they do a great job up there on that pedestal which makes paying them millions of dollars the right thing to do. Can I hear it for Michael Vick, Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant and the other excellent examples out there? Way to go guys. Way to set a great example for our children.
Ok I feel better now. I will post something humerous tomorrow.
Have a great day,