What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
So, Edgar Renteria, you’ve just won the World Series and been named Series MVP. What are you going to do now? Not go to DisneyWorld, that’s for Super Bowl winners. If you said get low-balled by the Giants, give yourself a cigar.
Granted, Renteria is an aging shortstop who got hot at the right time helping to propel the San Francisco Giants to their first World Championship since 1954, but there is such a thing as “the court of public opinion.” Right now, The Giants look like a bunch of cheapskates.
Edgar Renteria played 72 games last season, the most important of which included that 7th-inning series-winning home run against Cliff Lee. Since then, the San Fransisco Giants have offered Renteria a $1 million dollar contract to stay with the team for 1 more year. Now, that’s a pretty standard salary for a back-up shortstop, but it is also roughly a third of the average MLB player’s salary. It is also a massive pay-cut…Renteria had a $9.5 million dollar option to play next season but the Giants declined to pick it up. To go from $9.5 million to $1 million is a public insult; either the Giants should have exercised the option, or just let Renteria go on his way.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes, Renteria says: “That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect.” I agree. Renteria never held a gun to anybody’s head to get that $9.5 million option, and the guy just won a World Series for the Giants.
Maybe this is why they go a half-century between championships.