Free agency is anything but free

"You Gotta Be Kidding!"
by Mickey Charles, CEO Sports Network

As a matter of fact, free agency does wonders for one's frequent flyer program and ever-increasing air mileage.

You know the tune so sing along...

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye

But the dawn is breaking, it's early morn
The taxi's waiting he's home team born
Sorry my agent made my demands so high


So, miss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
I could be back if no one spends the dough
'cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
LA, New York, Boston, back again
Oh, my team, I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now because there was no ring
Every place I go I'll think of you
Every dollar asked I'll ask of you
If I come back to play we'll wear that ring


Well the time has come to leave you
One more time I have to ask you
Will you bend or shall I be on my way?
Let's dream about the days to come
When I won't leave you in the dust
About the times I betrayed your trust
About the times I won't have to say


So, while we are waiting for the final few weeks of the NFL Playoffs that will lead to eventual inter-galactic battle at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, a host of MLB players are discussing their future and bank accounts with various agents and team managements. It is the nature of things. Loyalty is a thing of the past. Promises were made to be broken. Contracts are disavowed and have more escape clauses than Houdini. Trust and integrity are disdained. Winning a championship has to contend with zeroes and commas, with more of the latter winning out over more of the former.

Agents are giving more bad advice to the players they represent than the current political administration has received from its staff over the past eight years. There is unbounded credence given to the 'almighty dollar' and a lot less to anything else ever associated with sports. It is business, big business, a multi-billion dollar effort whether it is the MLB, NBA or NFL with the NHL not far behind. Heck, has anyone noticed the payoff to colleges playing in bowl games and, at the same time, the cost to these bastions of higher learning just to appear in one?

Randy Moss
WR Randy Moss has rejuvenated his career in New England and will be seeking big bucks during free agency after the postseason.
Free agency is a beautiful way of saying, "Show me the money!" And, it is not relegated to baseball alone. Hardly the case. To compound matters, it runs rampant throughout all the other professional sports. You've got to love the usual justification by athletes who proclaim that their "earnings potential" is relegated to just a few years. My heart breaks for them, given that they earn more in one of those years than most folks are able to garner in a lifetime of toil.

Those jet planes are lined up and waiting, usually private and not commercial, to transport free agents in the rites of courtship reserved for professional sports. "It's all about the money." Would any of us act differently if we were in their place? The fact of the matter is that we would not and that is the shame and travesty of it all. We condone it, turn a blind eye towards it, have no control over it making it more acceptable than ever and, in the final analysis, probably don't care if it means a roster improvement that brings any of us a home team championship.

It just hurts when those packed bags are leaving on a jet plane heading out of [your] town. If the plane is landing wherever we are, now that makes a difference. When Alex hits a game winning home run, do I care what the Yankees pay him? You gotta be kidding!

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