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Decision of the aging free agent star

In the wake of the best decision of Mike Lowell's life, I wanted to wax poetic... or maybe just talk about why Mike Lowell is better (morally?) than Johnny Damon. Lowell understands that he is in a great place, a place where he can retire someday as a hero. He can break down like Trot did and the fans will still love him because of his track record, his leadership, his character, and the fact that he never dogs it. He understands perhaps that when he retires, he can pitch used cars all over New England for the rest of his life because of this decision. He can hawk the best buffalo wings in Newton or sell us the nicest glasses in Fall River for as long as he wants.

Johnny Damon would have been a legend. He would have remained a cult hero, if he had stayed. He's not a superstar any more. But he would have been highly marketable for the rest of his career and probably afterwards. It's very likely that Damon's marketability would have been so much greater as a long-haired "leader" of the Sox to close out his career than he will now as one of the clean-cut, high-priced, good (but not champion) Yanks. Maybe he's a hall of famer. But even if so, he won't be loved anywhere aside from the Damon homestead.

I am not an agent and I have not done the math. But I do believe that there are financial benefits to staying put rather than taking a slightly larger contract elsewhere. I also know these guys are human and happiness and pride tend to matter to such homosapiens. God bless Mike Lowell.

Comments

Matt said…
Amen.

Nice post, Waldorf.

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