"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
Rant: verb-speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way.
Everywhere I ingest Major League Baseball information, especially the internet and the MLB Network, I read and hear people crying for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and the free agents of 2019. Justin Verlander says the free agency system is "broken" because owners don't want to waste millions of dollars paying players for their declining years. Verlander, of course, has no conflict of interest in his opinion that every team should be going after Craig Kimbrel. Nevermind that last year already indicates a noticeable decline for the free agent reliever. How about a team promises him 200 million dollars over three years, 50 Lamborghinis, and the owner's 22 year old niece, Tricia. My God, where does this total detachment from reality come from?! Enough is enough! Am I the only person that feels this way? Am I the only person sickened by this crybaby (expletive)? Am I the only person that notices common sense is extinct? Am I the only person considering boycotting MLB games?
I know Sox fans don't want to hear this, but Theo Epstein is one of the smartest, if not the smartest, executives in professional baseball. When he was hired by the Cubs in 2011, he said, "The key is to pay for future performance, not past performance." (Of course, he hadn't met Jason Heyward at that point, but I digress.) Why should any team give Harper or Machado an eight, nine, or ten year deal, when there is statistical proof that they will be declining by year four or five?
What set me off this time? Mike Lowell, an ex-big leaguer, was on one of the MLB Network shows where all the yappers whine about how the players are getting screwed. The poor players, how we should all be weeping for them. At one point, Lowell said that Mike Moustakas will probably not get the payday he deserves in free agency for a second year in a row and that's "sad". Lowell said Moustakas inking a 6.5 million dollar contract last year was "sad". He said if he gets something like that again, or less, it'll be "sad".
I picked up a Chicago Sun Times the other day. I don't buy the newspaper much anymore, but I was feeling nostalgic. On the front page was a picture of this adorable little black boy. He was beautiful, with the chubbiest cheeks you've ever seen. He's around 1 year old...that is, if he is still breathing. You see, this gorgeous little boy was shot in a drive by shooting the other day in one of Chicago's war zones on the south or west side. Last I heard, he was in serious condition.
Hey Lowell. That's "sad".
I've had just about all I can take of this garbage, I really have. I don't want Machado. If he was gross to you when he made his I don't need to hustle comments, why wouldn't he be just as gross to you in a White Sox uniform?
Don't root for someone you don't like. Don't endorse a 30 million dollar+ annual contract for that guy by purchasing a 60 dollar box seat. Go to a Little League game. Root for your local high school team.
Signing Manny Machado to play for my White Sox. That's "sad", Mike Lowell.
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