No more fretting
I spent the offseason fretting about Joe Mauer’s contract. I, along with the vast majority of Twins fans, wanted a contract extension, and wanted it in November, right after the World Series. I feel a little bit foolish about it now, after watching the press conference last night. Joe wanted to stay here. Maybe I should have been more patient, should have had a little more faith that this would work out for Joe, the Twins, and all of the fans. Nah. The fretting was actually kind of fun.
This contract is an unfathomable amount of money, but it’s worth every penny. It makes me a little hypocritcal to say that, I know. If it were any other player, or any other team paying him that much, I’d be really crabby about it. But I’d be sad seeing Joe play for another team. It would be horrible PR for the Twins to let him leave via free agency. Finally, and this is entirely selfish, watching the Twins play baseball makes me really, really happy. There are countless people who make countless sums of money: rock stars, actors, and don’t get me started on greedy CEOs. Blech! Not a single one of them makes me anywhere as happy as watching Joe play baseball. I bet that holds true for a lot of Twins fans. From that standpoint, this contract is a bargain.
p.s. I think we have to dispense with the phrase, “The Pohlads are cheap.”