Saturday, February 07, 2004
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Cash Is All It Means To Me
It's a common thread for Boras and his clients. These contracts, it is said, are about one thing, and one thing only: "respect". See, here, in the Detroit Free Press:
The Tigers showed free-agent catcher Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez the money. A lot of it.So now comes Greg Maddux, an unquestioned great with a questionable gas tank. The Braves didn't even make an offer, so convinced were they that he -- or rather, his agent -- would spurn them. Comes the Cubs a-calling, the team he broke into the majors with, looking for the solid #5 to get them over the hump. And the Dodgers, who need spare pitching to buy some hitting. So, too, the bleak and weary Cardinals, ground to dust in a series of tough luck seasons, with no farm and little hope. Likewise the Texas Rangers of the AL East, Baltimore. Well. He's not a greedy man, he says.
But they also showed him something other teams didn't -- respect.
"My intention is to play where I want to play and to play for a contract that's respectable," Maddux said. "I'm not out to make anyone look bad or milk 'em for that extra dime."Do we maybe sense a pattern here? Do we maybe see the hand of the puppetmaster, catch a glint off the strings as they dance on the stage?
Boras will have him signing with St. Louis for a one-year, $4M contract after all the other clubs have given up and moved on. And at the press conference, Maddux will talk about how much respect the Cards have for him. Don't believe it.