Boston.com had this Jonathan Papelbon quote today:
"That situation, man, it’s a tough situation for me right now because basically I’m at a point to where I feel like the position I’m in, there’s a certain standard that needs to be put in place here," Papelbon said. "I feel like with me being at the top of my position I feel like that standard needs to be set and I’m the one to set that standard. And I don’t think that the Red Sox are really necessarily seeing eye-to-eye with me on that subject right now. Hopefully we can get somewhere.
"We’re chugging away at this thing and we want to get it done, believe me, and we can move on. At the same time, I feel a certain obligation to not only to myself and my family to make the money that I deserve, but for the game of baseball. Mariano Rivera has been doing it for the past 10 years. With me coming up behind him, I feel a certain obligation to do the same."
I guess all I can say is that he "deserves" whatever the Red Sox think he is worth and if that means he gets renewed and not signed to a long-term deal, well then, deal with it. The Red Sox are operating within the confines of the CBA and have the right to do what they want with this deal.
Part of the game is proving you can last and if you can, you’ll get your payday. Prior to that? Take your apparent sub-standard pay of $400k and keep pitching. As a fan of the Red Sox, please do not tell me what your responsibilities are to your family and please don’t tell me why you are worth substantially more money than than the $400k you were paid in 2007. You aren’t going to find many people that sympathize with you on this one aside from your teammates, maybe.
Jonathan, you play baseball and make a ton of money. If you can keep it up, you will make a ton more. Save the sob story and please, please do not compare yourself to Mariano Rivera. He’s been closing games at a high level for 11 years. Let’s talk in a few years and see where you are.
Having gotten that off my chest, I remain a big Papelbon fan. I have to assume some of this is posturing, but all I ask is that he not expect me to become indignant along with him.
I love the financial part of the game, I just hate it when players air their claims of poverty to the media. It doesn’t sit well with me.