Side of Interviews: Dave Jageler

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On June 21st, I had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing Dave Jageler. You might know him from the Nationals radio broadcasts on 106.7 The Fan or player interviews at occasions such as NatsFest. He had a lot of interesting things to say and knows lots about the Nats, and is also a pretty funny guy. So without any further ado… Continue reading

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Money money money – why so much?

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ca. 2006 --- LeBron James --- Image by © Anthony Mandler/Corbis Outline In the sports world, one thing is inevitable. Contracts. And contracts lead to agents. And agents lead to money. And to play, there is no way out.

And I think that’s fine. That’s completely normal. For any real job, you sign a contract. But here’s what I don’t get.

LeBron James for the next six years will get a total of roughly 110 million dollars. If I got 150,000 dollars a year in savings after tax, I would need to work 122 years to get it. And if I wanted Pujols money? That’s 169 years. Although it’s really nothing when you are immortal.

So why do we think having a player play a game well is worth 150,000 dollars after getting a hit? I simply don’t get why we have to pay these players so much money!

If the sports world was up to me, I would change a lot of things. (BCS, Playoff formats, money, BCS, BCS, BCS, BCS – did I mention BCS?) But this is the second most puzzling to me. I just can’t grasp how a player could be worth so much money (like A-Rod, and 29 million a year) for playing a game?

Playing a game is tough. It takes a toll on you and your body. But throwing a ball into a net is worth that much? I just don’t get it.

 

Marlins and Angels are getting what they deserve

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Vince Lombardi once said “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Which is pretty much the story of these two team’s seasons so far.

Both teams made major additions to their team. The Marlins have gotten Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, and the Angels get Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Plus, they both have more than two aces, so they can’t go wrong, right? Wrong. Both have gotten out to bad starts, proving that quote something to live by.

Even though both have great talent, they simply aren’t executing it in the right way. The Angels are trying to make everything centered around Albert, and expecting CJ to do incredibly. Which is the wrong expectation, meaning the other players aren’t worked hard enough, meaning the others lack plus Albert and CJ are under too much pressure.

The Marlins, on the other hand, are expecting too much from other players. Mark Buehrle’s ERA is closer to four than it is to 3, Jose Reyes is batting .238 – they need more pressure on them.

This just proves that getting talent isn’t enough – you have to have chemistry, and execute it in the right way.

Pujols: The Story Of a Man who left his home

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In November of 2011, Albert Pujols seemed to have everything. Two world series rings, 3 MVP trophies, and a town to love him. As it seems, most people would be happy with that, if not satisfied and ready to call St. Louis home. We all want more though. And he left his fans, his home and his team behind for glitzy L.A. And sure, there is the effect of C.J Wilson and Torii Hunter, but he didn’t join the Angels just for that. He joined it for the money.

As we all feel like, it seemed very LeBron like to join another team even when he has success, fame and fortune. Albert Pujols also wanted a chance to win. But it’s different. Albert left because of money. LeBron had a legit reason to go to Miami – he wasn’t winning championships.

But Albert had just won a world series. He had left his home.

Leaving for money is what it has come down to. Money, money money in the rich man’s world. Many Cardinals fans were dismayed, incredibly shocked, worried. But the fame effects us so we feel as if it’s only money. I don’t know why.

Maybe you get this sense that you can do anything and money is all that matters. Once you get to the point that money is more important than championships, it’s a sad, sad day.

The Marlins & Angels may not be a threat

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Who won the offseason? Well, two teams did with one close runner up. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels have picked

With Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, the Marlins are a for sure thing and with Albert Pujols, C.J Wilson, Jered Weaver and Torii Hunter, the Angels have the same fate,  right? Well, maybe. But don’t be too sure. Let’s think about this.

In 2011, the Red Sox took that approach – as well as the New York Yankees, the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs all put players in their prime from a bunch of different teams and put them all in the same uniform. Only half made the playoffs, and only one won a world series.

And, giving players big contracts may encourage them to do well, right? Well, they may feel like they can kick back, relax and not worry about it. Which is good. But that leads to overconfidence in yourself, which makes you worse, and eventually pretty darn bad. (Take Jayson Werth).

So, look, don’t go thinking they aren’t going to be a contender for a while, because they will – it’s just that history may have written the path they might take, which is the one of so many before them.