I cannot even pick up the newspapers without getting a little queasy at what I am reading. Endless trade talks! Endless free agent talks! The never-ending chatter of the cable news stations droning on about which team will sign the overpriced flavor of the year. Tiring, old, speculation! I am not excited about the off season, nor am I particularly looking forward to the coming baseball season. Of course I feel this way every off season, but I don’t feel myself counting the days until the pitchers and catchers report for camp. I can wait like everyone else. Living in
A-Rod wants harem girls to feed him grapes, according to Mets GM, Steve Phillips. Manny Ramirez wants the same kind of love that is shown to King Alex. Juan Gonzalez wants
In 1980, Nolan Ryan was awarded the first million-dollar contract and thus Pandora’s box was opened. If you go further back, there is the landmark free agency decision involving Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally. I was too young to remember that case, but I do remember when
Both the owners and the players need to not only listen to each other’s wants and needs; but they need to listen to the fans as well. We are as much a lifeblood to the game as they are and the sooner that is realized, the better the state of the game will be. I want to see some changes, not in the game of baseball, but off the field, in the boardrooms where decisions are made. I want a comprehensive revenue sharing plan that will enable every team to compete. I also think that it is high time for an individual salary cap. I have seen what team salary caps have done to the National Football League and I wouldn't wish such confusion and chaos on Major League Baseball, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. I could go into the many specifics of how parity can be accomplished, but everyone has heard them before and it is not our job to iron out the details. It is the players and the owners that have the future of the game in their hands. This fall after the last of the confetti has fallen from the Championship parade; they will meet and take action. Let's hope that they have learned from past mistakes and set our game on a course that will allow it to thrive for years to come. Besides, it is a simple game really. It’s not about how many millions of dollars you are worth at present market value. It’s not about the fast cars and large yachts. It’s not about what has become the sports mantra, “Me, Me, Me.” It is not about television revenues, shoe contracts, or prime time commercialism. It’s about playing a child’s game to the best of your ability and loving every single passing moment.