baseball Another Sign We All May Be In The Wrong Business

I love my job. It’s fun, I get to do what I love to do. I have the opportunity to voice my passionate opinions everyday in relation to of course sports and other hot button topics, and I have a chance to do that in front of a large audience. Being able to interact with listeners and fans of the same sports and teams as me is great, it’s the next best thing next to hanging at the crib with the boys or at a bar talking sports over a beer…It’s the same, just minus the beer!

But, It’s what I enjoy and love to do now. I may become passionate about something else one day, and decide to go and do whatever that is for a living.

One of my biggest regrets in life is not playing professional baseball. I had the opportunity once, and in short, I decided taking care of my grandfather, who at the time was having a harder time getting around, and I couldn’t bring myself to leave him, so I stayed. That’s that in a nut shell. Now, I am not going to tell you that I would have made it to the “BIG SHOW” one day, because I wasn’t that good, but I’ll always wonder what could have been if I just would have devoted just a little more time in the cage, or throwing long-toss, spending more time fielding etc.

I think a lot of us live with those thought’s. Wondering if we would have just done this or that, whatever. We don’t want to live with regrets, but sometimes there are simply things we wish could have gone differently. There is nothing wrong with that, just as long as you realize and what you have in front of you now, and do the very best job you can, at whatever it is you do. I believe that.

I also believe that, while I may not have ever amounted to the baseball player I once aspired to be. I sure could have had that slim, small sliver of an opportunity to one day make Ross Ohlendorf money!

Get this…

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hand pitcher Ross Ohlendorf defeated the organization in the first salary arbitration meeting in baseball this off-season. I get it, your probably thinking who cares, but Ohlendorf actually made money. He wasn’t trying to give any back like he might have, or should have maybe felt compelled to do after going 1-11 last season.

1-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 21 games.

Does that sound worthy of more than a $1.5 million dollar raise?

NO! And not just NO! But, HELL NO! Are you kidding me?

Here’s the funny part to me…The Pirates not only got screwed over in arbitration, but they actually were making the case themselves that he deserved a raise of $1.4 million anyway! They end up having to pay just over $100k more than they thought Ohlendorf’s services were actually worth.

Ohlendorf is getting paid more this upcoming season than a ton of pitchers in the game that ended up with a waaaaaay better season than he had.

Take Cincinnati’s Edinson Volquez for instance, that kid is going to make $1,625,000 this year, after compiling a 4.31 ERA and going 4-3 after, not just elbow surgery, but received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for PED’s. Ohlendorf is going to make more than $2 million!!!

12 more players are remaining in arbitration. They ALL better win their cases if Ross “FREAKING” Ohlendorf did!

If you have actually read this far, you still may be thinking to your self, “who cares”?

Look, I understand the way sport in general is now days. The money is ridiculous. But, deals like the one made in the case of Ohlendorf and the Pirates is everything that is wrong with sports and their insane salaries. It offers yet another avenue in which we all wish we could compare sport to “real life”, but, quite simply, we can’t!

A lot of us exceed expectations at the workplace. Are we always compensated for that? No.

A lot of us also disappoint and under achieve at the workplace. Are we always fired? Not necessarily…But when is the last time, in “real life” that one of us was given a 400% raise for failing to do our job at a high level?

I don’t believe this when I say it, but for effect only…One unsuspecting, innocent, young up and coming ball player sure could look at this Ohlendorf contract and think – for a split second – “hmmm, I just need to get there, after that it’s OK to be mediocre, or even 1-11 on the worst team in baseball.

We can’t do the same. Mediocre or worse means our boss will soon be looking for someone younger, smarter and better looking to replace us with. Mediocre in sport, take for instance Ohlendorf’s 1-11 record for the pirates…or an 8-8 to 6-10 Texans season…your looking at a raise and an extension baby!

As maybe only Mike Meltser could sum it up…”LIFE”.


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