In contrast with the long, money-crazed process of signing Manny, as is almost commonplace today in the majors, I was blown away at the refreshing attitude of pitcher Randy Wolf on his recent signing with the Dodgers.
Wolf originally thought he’d be signing with the Astros for $28.5 million over three years, but instead signed with L.A. with a a one-year, $5 million deal with $3 million in incentives. That’s quite a difference from what he originally hoped for, but ahem, quite a bit more than our multiple-college-degree-household’s income.
When he was on the Dodgers before, I always got the vibe that Wolf seemed like a nice guy, and this NY Times article sure hints at that again. The article quotes Randy as saying,
“I play major league baseball. It may not be under what the contract was that the Astros offered, but I make a very good living and I get to do what I love to do. With people losing their jobs, and they’re making $40,000 a year and they’re working their tails off 12 months a year to make ends meet, and they get laid off, it’s not right for me to complain about a contract. It’s exciting, I saw what happened last year and how they played the second half of the year. I’m 15 minutes from the ballpark. I get to live at home. I get to go to Dodger Stadium every day.”
Finally, a player who publicly recognizes the reality of how blessed his situation is.