He doesn't seem like a "me" guy at all. He does a lot for charity, and spends a lot of time working with kids in community initiatives. In fact, he was doing so when he made his "negative" comments towards the Mets.
It's a shame that a baseball payer comes along with a great story, a will to succeed, a generous heart, and some a substantial intellect to boot, and we gotta get jealous and put him down for it.
I don't know what to think about this. I know he won 20 games and a CY Young this year but I just keep thinking that he would be a nobody if the Mets didn't give him a chance a few years back.
He does seem like a nice guy (my daughter doesn't think so) and he never seemed liked a show me the money type of person - even if it isn't a lot.
I just want to see the Mets do well. If trading RA for prospects who hopefully work out is the answer then so be it. I just think he reached the top of the incline on the roller coaster and he will not see another year like this. Especially if all of the media attention has gone to his head which has happened to other players.
Believe me, I'm not jealous of him. Also I am just so tired of hearing the Mets are trading RA, they are signing RA that I wish they would just do something!
Meanwhile others free agents are being signed by everyone. It's like Omar Minaya all over again.
Really, I have the complete opposite opinion of the guy. His message isn't self absorbed in my judgment, rather It's of someone who felt compelled to tell the tale of his journey (rather than repress it) which started with incredible hardship and personal demons. Perhaps the most compelling part of his story, is that he is now able to tell it; key word - able.
This is also a man who does incredible charity work and maintains a striking degree of humility given where he is now. From where he's been to where he is now is humbling and a wonderful human story.
"I know he won the CY Young but let's be real here, if the Mets didn't give him another chance, he'd probably be a middle school English teacher in TN and would never have written that book or be in a documentary and wouldn't be a CY Young winner"
I'm not sure what your point is here, that he shouldn't be asking for a fair deal?
This is pretty much the same thing they did with Pagan. After he got traded they said he was a "clubhouse cancer" and had a bad attitude. This type of character assassination seems to be a page out of the PR playbook or something.
If Pagan was such a "clubhouse cancer", why did the Giants give him 4 years/40 Mil?