Major League Baseball and I are not married; we’re not even dating. Still as a longtime fan, whose interest has waned in recent years, mostly because of an endless stream of failed Cleveland Indians seasons, I’m breaking all ties with MLB.
Why would an avid sports fan go to such extremes? I’ll answer in two words — Robinson Cano. The former Yankees 2nd baseman recently signed a free agent contract worth, get this, $240 million over 10 years.
Maybe I should be mad at the Yankees for starting a Cano bidding war. Perhaps it’s the Seattle Mariners I should hate for creating this beyond ridiculous contract.
Not only is $24 million a year for a ballplayer a slap in the face to any blue collar worker, it’s especially infuriating to me — an educator, completely convinced that I’m in the most important profession there is. Am I worth millions? No. Am I worth more than a guy who hits baseballs? Without a doubt.
Don’t even get me started on how marginally talented Cano is when compared to other great players, who never made one-tenth of his salary.
So, there you have it. I’m sick of the money that MLB teams are handing out, with no thought to the economic ramifications. Maybe I can’t stop it, but I don’t have to participate.
This is why I’m breaking up with Major League Baseball forever.
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