I'm in a place that I love. My first thought was, 'I play for the best team.
Who wouldn't want to play for the Boston Red Sox'"?
Sweet. It’s hard not to love that guy.
I picture him with that face screaming those words, so normal-sized people can hear him.
Wow a player talks about his love for a team after they give him a multi-million dollar contract. Never heard that before!
Never heard that before!
Me too, though the last time I heard it, it was a contract for 10 years and 300 million, not 40:)
Absolutely Brad. Even Id love the red sox if they gave me $40 million! I bet you would don some pinstripes for $300 mil!
I bet you would don some pinstripes for $300 mil!
I can be had for a lot less than that. I think about $1500 would get it done for me in this economy.
Maybe it’s because I never had the chance or maybe it’s because my dislike for the Red Sox is so great but I wonder how I’d feel if the team that drafted me was the Red Sox? Seriously think about that, you grow in NY or NJ going to Yankees games your whole life, learning to dislike the Sox tremendously then BANG you are drafted by Boston…Imagine that was Pedroia. I wonder then how you deal? I know it’s an honor and all that, but how do you turn off the dislike and help that team win? If I got drafted by the Mariners or Pirates, I think I wouldn’t care, even though the end result is the same. Just curious if anyone else has ever thought of that.
John, the thought has definitely crossed my mind as well. I think that when one is drafted and plays in minor league ball, you are so far from the major league team, it is almost an abstraction. Then, by the time you make it, the color of the uniform hardly matters when compared with the hard work and effort you have put in to get to that point. We often see quotes like the one that Pedroia gave but I really dont think that too many MLB players are as attached to organizations as they would lead us to believe. There are certainly exceptions but generally these guys are happy to be playing at the MLB level and getting paid millions to do so.
john, phil hughes grew up rooting for the red sox. he’s talked about how nomar was his favorite player. that’s the only example i can think of at the moment.
also, i think pedroia is being sincere. if he dislikes playing in boston, he’s putting on a convincing act. dang, i like that guy.
I picture him with that face screaming those words, so normal-sized people can hear him.
Andrew wins the Funniest Comment of the Week award.
“also, i think pedroia is being sincere”
For the record, I dont think that Pedroia is being insincere. Obviously he is enjoying playing in Boston. That is where is he is playing now and he has been very successful in doing so. I just dont think he would say much different if he had just inked an extension with the Dodgers or someone else. I just dont think that comments like his after signing a big contact have too much gravitas.
Craig Hansen was a Yankee fan growing up, I think.
I know that their are instances, I am just curious how you put aside your feelings. What if tomorrow Brad was playing for the Yankees and he is goooood. I mean so good they don’t have to sign CC. He then helps them to a WS title…how do you separate that dislike/hatred? I know it can be done, but it’s got to be difficult I would imagine.
I know about Hansen, St. John’s kid. I would like to pick his brain.
My initial subject line for this post was, “I’m a Sucker for a Good Line.” I’m not naive about how these things work. Doesn’t change the fact that I love to hear it said.
I’ve mulled John’s point in my head for years and years — what would happen if I were drafted by the Yankees (this is the culmination of such questions as, What if I were talented at sports? and What if I were really good at baseball?). I guess maybe you grow accustomed to it? Or maybe you hope you get traded? I don’t know if I’d be able to get used to it, but it seems guys do. For a minimum salary approaching $500,000, I’m guessing guys will do a lot.
I certainly didn’t mean to hijack your thread here Paul, my apologies.
Here’s where the problem comes into play for me…I don’t know that it’s about money. What if Hal Steinbrenner came to you tomorrow and said I will give you $500K per year to root for the Yankees for the remainder of your life. You must be true to the Yankees and support them at all costs, this means getting rid of any Sox garb you may wear.
My point, I don’t know that emotions can be negated just because money is involved…
Also, if I was a single A farm hand, I can do it. I am talking about a major contributor to the demise of the Yankees or Sox (See Pedroia or Joba)
i would like to think that if i were worth drafting and ended up on the red sox, aside from the sheer enjoyment of playing baseball for a living (which should be more than enough), i’d be motivated by playing for the guys on my team.
i don’t think it would be more than an afterthought once i was in the uniform for a week or so.
also, i think i could find enough history in (just about) any team to be pretty proud to be associated with. especially teams like the sox and the yankees.
I don’t know why, but I imagined YFIB standing in front of a giant american flag with patriotic music playing in the background when I read that…
You make good points. I love baseball and stopped playing shortly after HS. I would probably give a pinkie to play for anyone for even 1 more day, but that’s me. I just wonder how it would be to set aside years of dislike to play your for enemy. No real answer, just thinking aloud.
then to answer your question more succinctly, john:
awesome. it would be &@(#!^% awesome.
What if tomorrow Brad was playing for the Yankees.
Well, I’d get on here and tell you guys all about it. Then roll around in my Manhattan apartment on hundred dollar bills while a supermodel (or four) fed me grapes.
I’ve never actually played organized Baseball, so I’ve only ever considered this problem in such a highly abstract way as to ensure being discovered by Theo or Omar while hurling curveballs at a neighborhood garage door.
But if I’m forced to think about a more real world scenario, I’d guess that not only would any player be thrilled to make the majors, regardless of the team, but all along the way, they’ve made real connections with real people that might trump whatever rooting interest they once had. From the phone call letting you know you’ve been drafted, to playing rookie ball, to getting promoted, every step of the way you’re surrounded by members of your supposedly enemy team. I think the hatred melts away pretty quickly.
brad would turn into jeter? somehow, that makes sense.
Jesus, I leave for a day and three straight posts about Pedroia are up. Icky!
and yes, I’d play for the Sox for very cheap.
I’d be a designated runner for the Pirates for the major league minimum.
My two cents…
An elite player has a lot of time to adjust to the fact that they are an elite player. Most of them loved baseball their entire lives, with the notable exception of Keith Foulke. By the time these guys reach college ball they know that if they get to the pros it could be with any team. I’m certain that reality allows them to separate from their childhood team. I’ve heard that a lot of these guys are more attached to individual players for most of their lives than they are to one team. For example, if you’re a great pitcher, you look up to, admire and are a fan of other great pitchers, regardless of the team they play for.
Sadly, this is something almost none of us will ever understand because we’re just regular old fans.
Finally, I would play for the Yankees, or any team, for nothing.
Who wouldn’t want to play for the Boston Red Sox'”?
As a senior, Teixeira was one of the best high school players in the country but went to Georgia Tech instead of signing a pro contract. The Red Sox had talked about choosing him in the first round, but wanted him to commit to a pre-draft contract. Teixeira refused a reported $1.6 million deal and fell to the ninth round, when Boston selected him.
After the ’98 draft, Teixeira held hard feelings against Boston, telling the Baltimore Sun in 1999: “The Red Sox then spread the word I wasn’t interested in signing. That was unfair. I don’t think after what happened that I want any future involvement with the Red Sox.”
It’s unclear whether that will affect his first shot at free agency, but Norton says, “I can’t say he’ll never be a Red Sox, but they would have to go pretty hard at him. It didn’t sit well with him.”
a lot has happened since ’99 dave, including a whole new sox ownership/management group, so the folks he was disappointed with are long gone…keeping with the theme of the thread, i’d say he’d put any hard feelings he might still be harboring aside, to play for boston if the price is right…
I can’t say he’ll never be a Red Sox, but they would have to go pretty hard at him.
Right-o, dc. 10 years is a long time.
As for the quote from Norton, I put this one in with the “the offer won’t last forever” stock GM reply that I needled Hal for with CC. Please. Does Norton’s statement mean anything? They’d have to “go pretty hard at him”. Meaning what, they can’t lowball him and expect him to embrace the privilege of Fenway? Meaning they can’t badmouth him to the press and expect him to come and sign? Meaning they need to make him “feel important”? Duh. In that one statement Norton is simply saying “the Sox need to offer a lot of money”. Einstein.
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