"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?
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.
WR Randy Moss has rejuvenated his career in New England and will be seeking big bucks during free agency after the postseason.
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!