So you scroll down the Mets PSD forum to see posters give their opinions on whether we should sign Bourne, do we want to sign Bourne, should we have signed Upton, should we have signed Marcum, are the Mets cheap, will they ever spend money to compete, is this all part of the rebuilding process, part of a plan, etc.
And the conversations are always good, especially as we head toward Ps and Cs and actual baseball, or at least a semblance of actual baseball.
And yet, I find myself wondering, have baseball and other professional sports been reduced to rooting for your millionaires to be better than the other team's millionaires?
Because when you break it all down, that's what it's become. I was upset last year when the Marlins, not the Mets, paid Jose Reyes $106 million. I was upset that the Blue Jays, not the Mets, gave RA Dickey, what, $21 million? I wanted the Mets to give Scott Hairston $8 million and i was upset when the Cubs signed him for $6 million.
So the conversation really becomes are our millionaires better than theirs?
The Mets of course are doing their best to sign the cheapest millionaires baseball will afford them, having signed all of one free agent this year, Shawn Marcum. He's slated to be our 5th starter but unless im mistaken he'll be our most expensive starter not named Johan Santana who might not even be starting anymore for all anyone knows.
So we root for the young players but as soon as they become good, they too will be entitled to lots and lots of millions of dollars. YAY! Unless our owners, who also have lots and lots and lots and lots of millions of dollars, although perhaps not as many millions as we would like them to have, don't pay these good young players as much as another team is willing to pay them.
We hope that we end up paying for another team's star player as soon as we can, provided we think said player will help our team win a championship. And if said player becomes available and our owners don't pay him, we'll be upset because we let another team get a better millionaire we did.
Sorry but i can't help but think it's all a bit perverted and it is our passions that enable this perversion.
Like I said, just a few thoughts on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.