Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Get Over Yourself

According to this article in the Daily News, Pedro Martinez would not be comfortable with a deal similar to Tom Glavine's, which guarantees Glavine a paltry, insulting, humiliating $1M. Now I understand that Pedro was a dominant pitcher for a long time, but he's not anymore. People in this country are losing their jobs, their homes, living in make shift tent cities, and this piece thinks $1M is "disrespect[ing] my abilities or the way I am." WTF? For $1M I would not only pitch, I would catch my own games, sweep out the dugout afterwards, and pitch every third day. $1M to throw a ball? Yes please. But I guess Pedro's too good for that. I realize he's probably got stacks of millions sitting in some bank account, or in Bernie Madoff's bank account, but that's no reason to act like $1M guaranteed is an insult. Hell, if I had Pedro money I'd gladly play for the minimum, he doesn't need more money. I realize you probably need a certain level of cockiness and self-belief to make it to the majors, but get some perspective. CEOs are getting their arses kicked for riding in jets. People are pissed that the banks, who never met a homeowner facing financial difficulty that they wanted to bailout, are getting billions from the very people they were so eager to boot from their homes. If your best offer is for $1M guaranteed, take it and shut the #$&@!% up.

16 comments:

TribeGirl said...

Amen!!!! GREAT POST!!! Obviously Glavine wants to play for the love of baseball if he's taking a paltry 1 Million and if Pedro really wants to pitch, he'd do the same damn thing. He's not what he once was on the mound, but he is still a jerk!

Fernando Alejandro said...

Good point Tribegirl. He may have lost some velocity, but his jerk factor is still prominent.

She-Fan said...

It's Pedro being Pedro! He was always a little strange, but if he doesn't want to pitch, let him go back and sit under that palm tree in the D.R.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Maybe Cleveland should get him. He would complement Pavano very well.

Espresso said...

Its not as if Glavine was a scrub throughout his career. If he doesn't feel slighted why should Pedro. Glavine is sitting on 305 wins to Pedro's 214. He has 5 20+ win seasons to Pedro's 2. Pedro hit a higher ceiling at one point, but neither is at that peak anymore.

anonymous number two (ant) said...

Same thing happened to Joe Torre, Pedro. Will the same thing happen to Jeter?

Roberto Alejandro said...

it may very well happen to Jeter. 2010 is going to be an interesting off-season.

Bronx Baseball Daily said...

I think that he sees it as if a team is only giving him $1 million then he is not an important piece. He needs to be an important piece. If he's making $10 mil, I realize he won't, but if he were the team would be forced to give him a permanent rotation spot. Whereas if he only makes $1 mil, maybe he doesn't crack the starting five.

Fred Trigger said...

@ Espresso

to say Pedro hit a higher ceiling at one point is a HUGE understatement.

From 1996-2003, Pedro had one of the greatest stretches of dominance in HISTORY. In short, he was ridonkulous. That is all.

and She-Fan, its a mango tree while he is waiting at a bus stop without so much as 50 cents.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Pedro also beat up an old man. That's a ceiling Glavine never reached.

Bronx Baseball Daily, ultimately I think you're right. He wants a guaranteed starting job, but he has to know that it won't be handed to him, and that he's going to have to win it. He hasn't been the Pedro of legends for a while now.

Fred Trigger said...

Oh come on now, fernando. Its been "only" 4 seasons since Pedro looked somewhat like himself. It seems like only yesterday Pedro was inciting brawls in the first inning against Tampa (tears dripping down onto my keyboard).

Roberto Alejandro said...

One time, an old man cut pedro in line at the grocery store, so pedro got in his face. But it was jeter in an old man costume. pedro quickly backed down.

Fred Trigger said...

no way, roberto! Pedro would've thrown a 98mph fastball in between jeters shoulder blades and Jeter would've backed down.

Roberto Alejandro said...

Fred, Jeter gets hit by pitches all the time. Pedro would've thrown it and hit him, but it would've been like when that criminal shoots superman in the eye in the latest movie and he just stands there like nothing happened. Besides, today it would be more like an 88mph fastball.

TribeGirl said...

Ummm...Fernando? HELL NO on anymore has beens or scrubs coming to the Tribe. I can't take it anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fernando Alejandro said...

Haha! I knew you wouldn't be a fan of that idea.