money doesn’t make A-Rod happy

19 11 2007

If you follow baseball at all (or even just watch SportsCenter), you know that Alex Rodriguez opted out of his $25 million per year contract to make more money.  Then when he couldn’t get the big 10-year $350 million contract his agent Scott Boras was expecting, he went crawling back to the Yankees.  The Yankees accepted him back, with a 10-year $275 million contract.  A-Rod’s move costs the Yankees more money, which means they’ll have less to spend on other players (although they have a HUGE payroll, so it’s not so big a deal to them, but there is a limit somewhere).

What bothers me most in all this is that A-Rod kept saying how much he wanted to be a Yankee.  I get tired of all the lies that players speak, too — not just A-Rod.  But this year, A-Rod repeatedly said how he was “100 percent committed to being a Yankee”, and he had three more years on his contract at about $25 million each year, then he opts out of his contract.  I know there’s pressure to say the “right thing”, but lying is not the “right thing”.  The Yankees even reportedly offered him an extension that he turned down.  Now it looks like his greed is actually costing him about $21 million.  But you can’t feel sorry for him on that, because his contract will be for about $27.5 million per year for 10 years.

The ironic part in all this is that A-Rod is still not happy :

“He read all the criticism online from home,” one person who spoke to Rodriguez said. “And when he was out of the country, he was calling people every day to find out what was being said about him. I think it got to the point where he truly was in a state of depression.”

That’s what greed will do to you.  If he was willing to take a pay cut and make only 10 or 15 million dollars per year, he could probably play for any team he wanted to.  But his greed for money and fame have kept him from being happy.  He’s got one of the best jobs possible, one that many men dream of — playing baseball, being a superstar, making millions of dollars — yet he’s not happy.

One more note on this situation : I have a problem with A-Rod opting out of his contract during game 4 of the World Series.  Peter Gammons said it well :

Alex Rodriguez had the right to opt out of his contract. But anyone who respected baseball would not have tried to grab the stage from the World Series. ~ Peter Gammons, 10/2007

I agree.  If A-Rod wants to be on the big stage, he should be more of a team player instead of being so focused on himself.  If winning is so important to him, he could defer some of the money to help the team.  I figure teams would accept that opportunity (and other players have done it before).  It’s no surprise that the Rangers were in last place while A-Rod was there — his salary took so much of the payroll that they couldn’t afford any pitching.  The Yankees are one of the few teams that can afford him, yet they still aren’t getting to the World Series with him.

Hopefully, for A-Rod’s sake, he will realize that life is about a lot more than money and winning.  Even if he wins the World Series one of these years while being the highest paid player, his life still won’t have fulfillment.  Even if he breaks the all-time homerun record, there will still be something missing.  What he needs is to meet God our Creator, through a relationship with Jesus Christ, to find out why he was made.  What good is all the millions of dollars and materialistic lifestyle if you still feel empty inside and have trouble sleeping and aren’t really enjoying life?




2 responses

19 11 2007
Thomas Wayne

An interesting tidbit to this is that A-Rod couldn’t be at Game 4 for the award presentation with Hank Aaron, but his announcement of opting out of his contract was made during the game. Plus, he had 10 days after the World Series was finished to opt out. So for whatever reason he and his agent chose to make their announcement during baseball’s biggest stage, it was a bad decision.

21 11 2007

I would like to know why it was announced in the middle of Game 4. I guess neither he nor his agent has offered any reasoning or excuses…at least not that I’ve heard. Not only does it imply that he doesn’t respect the game of baseball as Peter Gammons said, but it also made A-Rod a little less respectable to the people, too. Did he not think people would look upon it negatively? I’m confused! Especially since he seems to care so much about what people think about him–keeping tabs on it and allowing it to push him to depression.

I hope he gives a lot of that $$$ that he’s fighting so hard to make to charities and/or people who truly need the help. That would be some positive publicity for him:) (Even if publicity is the only reason, at least somebody else will be benefiting as well. )

Your last statement in your post was asking what good is all the millions if you’re still miserable here… Reminded me of something someone else once said–“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Matt 16:26

On another note, it doesn’t matter so much what others think of you, only what God thinks of you. And if you want to know what he thinks of you, read John 3:16.

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