Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, January 07, 2005

Hanging on to the horsehide

For once, I wish Doug Mientkiewicz would drop the ball:

Sox first baseman keeps ball gloved for last Series out

Technically, the ball does belong to the first baseman (a MLB spokesman has said as much). But as a memento of the Sox's first World Series in forever, it's a piece of history, not just something to hawk on Ebay. And as Dan Shaughnessy points out, it was mostly luck that put Mientkiewicz in position to get the ball in the first place.

I guess I'd feel more sympathetic if it weren't so obviously about the money. Mientkiewicz's remarks about his "retirement fund" and college tuition for his kids sound pretty selfish, especially coming from a guy who signed a two-year, $7 million contract last February. Of course he's not guaranteed to get all the money, at least from the Sox. After the season, both Mientkiewicz and Kevin Millar went to Theo Epstein and basically said, "Play me full-time at first base, or trade me." By putting himself before the team, Mientkiewicz may have actually made Epstein's choice easier. Millar has said and done some wacky things in his time, but nothing as bad as this.

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Comments:
It's definitely a bummer.

Oh, well.
 

Hmmm, now he says he was kidding about the money part. He also says he wants to make sure fans get to see the ball. So I guess that whenever he's in town with whoever his next team is, he'll bring the ball with him to show off during batting practice? *rolls eyes*
 

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