Dodgers Sign Randy Wolf
The Dodgers' whirlwind courtship and acquisition of Randy Wolf is official finished, and it's ended with one-year $5 million deal back with the Dodgers, where he's always lived and considered home.
It's a good deal for Wolf, but an article in today's Los Angeles Daily News is particularly revealing. In talking with columnist Ramona Shelburne, Wolf addressed an offseason in which he was offered deals that were subsequently pulled, and the way he was approached after that had the feeling of, "coming off injury contracts."
Here are Wolf's best lines from one of the more candid interviews thus far about how the recession is affecting salaries in baseball:
"I had offers pulled, offers reduced, it was really weird," he said. "I was like, `Wow, I must've had a bad game in the offseason."'
"I'm not in a canoe. I'm in a big boat with a lot of other guys," he said. "Look at what's happened to the whole country. Obviously, there's a time going on right now that's uncomfortable for a lot of people and hopefully they can get through it. I'm still very fortunate to have a job and play baseball. It's not what the Astros offered, but it's still a pretty good a living."
Wolf, like many of the talented free agents who have begun signing cut-rate, short-term contracts in the last few days before spring training, has learned trying to predict how the economy will change in such an erratic market will cause you more grief than relief. "You get to a point where you stop worrying about it," he said. "You get kind of numb. You have to realize what reality is."
"I'd love to see the ticket prices go down, hot dogs go down, parking go down," he said. "It'd be great because I know it's tough for the fans right now, and I know they want to go to games. The past few months, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs. That's where I'm thankful I can play baseball, play for the Dodgers. I don't take it for granted."
It sure seems pretty revealing and heartfelt, doesn't it? We certainly can't speak to Wolf's sincerity, but it does seem refreshing to have a multi-million dollar baseball player really try to relate to the economic hardships everyone else is going through on occasion.
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