Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's Not About the Money, Stupid...For Once!

Sorry, Jason!

This is exactly why you give a guy a 3 year/$42 million dollar extension at age 36.

"Nowadays, so many players play the game for the 1st and 15th [pay days], but I never have," he said. "Certainly, I want to be compensated fairly for what I do, but I wasn't going to hold the organization over a barrel. And I never wanted to be a player who makes so much money that we can't stay competitive on the field. That was my main concern."
Even as a Mets fan, I'm envious of Larry Wayne's stance. Take notes, David Wright. That's what being a franchise player is all about...doing what's best for the franchise (and hitting .364!)


tHeMARksMiTh said...

This is one of the things I love about Chipper. He could have gotten more to go elsewhere earlier in his career. Then, he took a pay cut to keep Hudson (though that meant an option became an actual year on the contract). I'm not sure too many teams would have been willing to give him more than $15MM next year, but an AL team might have.

Josh said...

I get the feeling that Chipper is one of those rare, old time players that actually appreciates playing for one team for his entire career. How refreshing.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

I just think he loves going to New York and Philadelphia so that he can remember was his first name really is. Then again, with no Shea Stadium, I thought he might wait around to see if he rakes in Citi Field. That's a confident man for you. :)

Anonymous said...

It not like he's hurtin for cash. He's still making almost 15 mill per. Look at all the guys who took lower than expected salaries and as much as I love Chipper, he's still 36 and got a 3 year deal.

Josh said...

Anon: I completley understand your point. In my eyes, Chipper has taken less than he could have received previously and could have taken a hard line stance against the organization in the hopes of getting one last big contract. But instead, he took a deal at fair market value, even for a 36 year old, in the hopes of winning in the future.

thanks for the comment.