posted on Feb, 3 2004 @ 08:23 PM
The Detroit Tigers are looking to turn things around this season and they start by acting like the Yankee's. Monday, Ivan Rodriguez signed a 4 year
$40 million dollar contract to catch for a team that lost an American League record 119 games last year. Pudge is going to have to work hard to see if
he help the Tigers get back to winning. Detroit has not had a winning season since 1993. A single high-priced talent is not enough to make a team
great, Detroit still has a lot of work to do.
News Source SportsLine.com
Why would he go from the World Series champion Florida Marlins, to the worst team in baseball, the Detroit Tigers?
"The owner showed me respect, and that is the reason I'm here," Rodriguez said Monday after finalizing a $40 million, four-year contract.
"Everybody is saying I'm going from a World Series team to a losing team, but I don't think of the Tigers as a losing team. I think the Tigers just
had a bad season. It's going to be completely different this year," he said.
The Tigers -- who haven't had a winning record since 1993 -- lost an American League-record 119 games last season. They were one loss short of
baseball's post-1900 record for futility, set by the 1962 New York Mets.
Yeah, owner Mike Ilitch showed Rodriguez respect allright. He showed him the money, and thats all Ivan wanted. This just backs my feelings on athletes
these days. It's all about the money. Nothing else matters.
This has happened before. A-Rod when to Texas. Texas was going to be great. A-Rod is doing awesome, but his fellow minimum wage players just can't get
the job done around him.
I don't blame Pudge for taking the money. But if you are going to do it, the least you could do is not lie to us about why you took it. Rodriguez
signed with Detroit because they flashed the cash. Please don't say "The owner showed me respect", when we all know the owner basically threw money at
I will say this though, if you are going to have high priced talent, a catcher is what you want. Someone to keep those young pitchers calm, cool, and
[Edited on 2/3/2004 by Ben]