Joe Nuxhall, Mike Lowell, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and our next President?
I’d like to first pass along our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the surviving members of the Nuxhall family. Mr Nuxhall was one of my favorite media personalities over the past 20 some years in baseball. An incredibly kind man with time for everyone.
His stories were ALL funny and you could always feel his passion and love for the game when you had a chance to sit down and talk with him, an honor I had many times. Sorry to see such a kind and wonderful man, someone who did nothing but good for the game, go. He’ll be missed.
Please don’t send me any more requests to ‘talk to Mike’. I can assure you that Mike Lowell knows exactly how I, and all his teammates feel about him. He’s invaluable on and OFF the field. What some don’t understand is that this is a business decision for both sides. We all get that. Mike is negotiating what might be his last long and large contract, he has every right and obligation to do the right thing for he and his family. You cannot begrudge him that. I honestly think it will work out and he’ll be back here, if that doesn’t happen I, like everyone else on this team, will HATE to see him leave.
At the same time we understand, as you need to, that what Mike Lowell signs for and negotiates is no ones business but his and his families, and he’s earned that right. I know he loved being here, he appreciated and acknowledged this team, these fans, often.
Seeing as he came from being ‘the throw in’ and a guy who fans everywhere complained about ‘slow hands’ and ‘salary added to get Beckett’ to pretty much the MVP or Co-MVP of this team speaks volumes about who and what Mike Lowell is. I want him back here, I think he wants to be back here, and I think the Sox want him back here. The only opinions that matter are his and the teams and if both sides want it badly enough it will happen.
Hats off to Alex Rodriguez. From everything I have heard he took matters into his own hands to get the outcome, returning to NY, that he wanted. I don’t know any specifics but anytime a player takes matters into his own hands to insure he gets what he wants out of his contract I think it’s a great thing. Kudos to Kenny Rogers for doing what looks to be the same thing.
I have always felt agents have a place, but I also think that at some point in your career an agent becomes baggage. That’s not all of them because some of them I know are very good, honest and trustworthy people. But I believe there comes a time in every players career where the numbers and the market are pretty self explanatory. Paying someone 5% or more for the task of negotiating a contract is wasted money in many cases. The main concern is that there are many, if not most, major league teams who would barter a player into an embarassing contract without an agent being present.
Many players feel very uncomfortable negotiating their own salaries. Others, and in many cases, are from other countries and cultures and the language barrier presents a massive hurdle that adds immense barriers to negotiating your own deal.
Bottom line is anytime a player takes his own future into his hands I think the end result is the player and the team and its fans win.
As far as Barry goes, I’ve been asked many many questions. I have no response. It’s a sad day for baseball, added to a litany of other sad days we’ve brought on ourselves over the past decade. I think like many other people I just want it to go away and want the game to get back into the paper for what it is.
Very early in my career Barry and I were represented by the same agents. We became friends and I was able to get to know him a bit. I attended a dinner our agents had to honor Barry for his 2nd or 3rd MVP, can’t remember. Over the next few years things changed but regardless of what anyone thinks or says I don’t wish anyone on this planet to go through what he is going through.
In 1997 when I gave my life to Christ a pretty cool thing happened. I lost the ability to hate anything or anyone. I’ve gotten mad, said stupid and bad things, but I truly don’t hate anyone or anything. Hating takes way too much energy and effort. There’s way too much to do and experience in life to waste time hating so I just don’t.
Along those lines, something I am sure will generate irrational and short sighted responses, is my support in the upcoming election of Senator McCain. I’ve had ample time to do the research I felt I needed to do and while I think I am in favor of many of the issues he stands for/against, it still all boils down to the fact that over the last 8 years of our lives Shonda and I have gotten to know he and his wife. At the end of the day, I trust this man. I know, regardless of my opinions, or outside pressures, that this man will stick to his guns, and be himself, regardless of pressure from outside influences.
Add to the fact that for the first time in awhile we have a true American hero running for our nations highest office. That matters to me, a lot. This man was a POW during the Vietnam war, and when his family background was uncovered he was given the ability to be set free by his captors. The only condition was that he had to sign documents that basically absolved the Vietnamese of any wrong doing and reflected poorly on the U.S. and its involvement.
He flat out said no. Has anyone else running in this election had a character test of this magnitude? Even close? Of all the candidates that might have been tested, how did they fare?
Rather than get released and sent home to his family, he made the decision to remain with his men, his brothers. Awesome stuff. That’s not the only reason he’ll get my vote, but it for damn sure makes me feel good about the integrity, honor, loyalty and sacrifice that this man will make.
At the end of the day, when you think about who you want to be your president, is there ANY issue our President will reside over, decide on, that is more important than those traits? Senator McCain possesses those in spades, and that’s a big deal to me.
I also wanted to add a link to something for two reasons.
1) I don’t want to elect someone, or hope we don’t, in either party, because regardless of their values, stances or beliefs they represent the ‘best chance’ to beat the other parties candidate.
2) I hope voting for ‘the best PERSON’ becomes something meaningful over the next year. We are a country in massive amounts of turmoil. We need someone to lead us that is truly a LEADER. A leader by character and design and not because they’re elected to lead.
I am not in any way affiliated with the site below nor do I know who or what runs the site. There are comments on it I believe in and know to be true.