Re: Ellsbury thanks Red Sox fans
posted at 12/13/2013 5:18 PM EST
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
I will never hate a player for leaving, I don't think it is right. Now I'm not going to come in here and tell other people that they should feel the same way as me, we are all fans and will cheer in our own ways. But here is my two cents.
I think getting mad at a player for leaving is like getting mad at your kid for choosing to go to college out of state. You only get one life to live, and people like to experience different things and travel etc etc etc. I can't say that if someone offered me 50 million dollars more to do my job that I wouldn't consider it with the excitement of experiencing a different city. My hometown would always hold a special place in my heart, and perhaps I would long to come back one day, but in the end this isn't even his hometown...he has spent the majority of his life NOT in Boston and probably NOT being a Sox fan.
This just may be a reflection of Ellsbury's personality, and I don't think that differentiates him from half the people out there. It is what it is, I mean it stinks that it is New York but it is different when you are player. It's more about your teammates than it is the logo, a lot of these guys grew up or played in college, or in the minors with guys from all over the league and probably have a multitude of places they could see themselves going. How many Red Sox and Yankees do you think are actually really good friends and actually get together and go out to eat when one another is in town???
New York actually makes sense to for some players coming from Boston. He got a significantly higher pay raise and has a minimum amount of moving to do. So for any connections Ellsbury has made in New England, it will be a lot easier to keeps those alive seeing how he will only have one small tiny tiny state in between him and Boston.
Good Luck to Ellsbury, I hope he has a great career, stays healthy and puts up monster stats that the vast majority of the time will in no way effect the outcome of Yankee games. : )
It's the result of 'modern' baseball with free agency gone very wild.
Gone, mostly so, are the days when a player spent his entire career with one team. Pedroia, Yaz and others are the exception putting loyalty a higher priority than money.
The union pendulum has swung too far in one direction.
I certainly feel that player 'ownership' by teams was close to slavery. So, free agency in this sense was the correct thing to do. But, I think it's time for the pendulum to come back closer to the middle so that this crazy player movement and some kind of equilibrium with players more identifiable with teams for a longer period of time is achieved.
Like my hero Pedroia said "what can you buy with 40 million that you can't get with 30 million"? If today's player can't invest intelligently enough with the salaries they make, it's a sad, sorry scenario.