Wow, 275 million for 10 years. Holy crap. The only argument you might make is that no ones worth that, hell none of us are worth that much relative to ‘real world’ salaries. But if someone in the game was getting a contract that big I am not sure you could argue it being Alex. On the field this guy is the MVP in waiting every year it seems. Just amazing to see how far this game has come revenue wise. I think the number this year was over 6 Billion in revenue generated.
Santana, Cabrera, Tejada, all on the market?? Wow. This has the makings of the early off seasons of free agency where huge trades were commonplace. If one of those first two names gets moved I can’t imagine the young talent heading the other way. Only a few teams have the resources to make those happen.
I was shocked to see Brad Lidge get moved. I don’t know much about the players heading to Houston but I’ve always loved that guys stuff.
Congratulations to CC Sabathia. As much as I wanted Josh to win it, CC certainly deserved it and earned it. I got to know him a bit at the 2004 All Star game and have been a huge fan every since. I think Josh will settle for the ring.
How the hell did Tito finish 4th in the Manager of the Year voting? I don’t get it. Anyone that knows this market knows how much of a challenge it is, the same challenge Joe had to face in NY every year. What Tito did this year was monumental and worthy of more recognition.
I would guess the next two awards are probably the easiest, Peavy and Alex and then the NL MVP. Going to be interested to see how that voting goes.
We are opening in Japan, decisions been made. I had the pleasure of going over to Japan with the MLB team after the 1997 season. It was a mistake for many reasons but the trip was fun. The problem was the amount of travel once over there, and the 10 days to 2 weeks it took to readjust coming back. My only objection was that the games might negatively impact the everyday players to a much larger degree than if we did not go. I am hopeful and confident that Theo and the Ownership here will insure our travel is what it needs to be to have the everyday guys ok and rested when we return.
Yesterday was packed with meetings. The day kicked off with an extensive and thorough introduction and meeting with Electronic Arts Partners. I thought it was exceptionally well done and it was my first real chance to get ‘caught up’ on where 38 Studios is at with our product in about 8 months. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. I believed in the team when they started and the work presented yesterday only confirms they are going far beyond what I’d hoped this might someday become.
Our engine decisions are also winding down and we look to be announcing that decision over the next month or two at the latest.
We are closing in on the announcement of two critical hirings. A Senior Development Director and our Chief Technology Officer. Look for these to occur over the next month or so as well.
On the charity front we are having the Holiday Bubbles and Bites to benefit the Shade Foundation. December 12th at Faneuil Hall from 6:30-9pm. Information can be found at http://www.shadefoundation.org/bubbles/tickets.php as well as http://www.shadefoundation.org/bubbles/sponsorships.php .
For anyone looking for holiday cards and wanting to be involved in the fight against ALS, please check out www.springingforacure.com. Cool stuff and a great way to help out ALS while taking care of your Christmas card list.