I read Andrew’s post on Robinson Cano and I couldn’t agree more. Luckily I’m an opinion-based guy and I won’t let the facts stand alone.
So today, instead of watching football, I’m watching specials on Heracleion and on Dwarka, home of the fabled Vishnu. I was brought to a tie with The Seattle Mariners and the ancient mariners of both cities. The area surrounding both cities is littered with ancient anchors … much like the recent past of baseball’s Mariners.
Cano’s 10-year, $240 million deal is going to be the anchor of the franchise that will keep them from ever getting above sea level ever again … or at least until his contract is up.
This is where I wish I was a professional writer like Andy. I’m at the fork in the road, and as I look left (attack the Mariners), and then right (question the greed over history by Cano) … Yogi Berra comes to mind so I’m just taking it!
First, the Mariners:
This team that has holes at all the crucial places (owner, front office, manager). How is a $240 million contract over the next 10 years going to help the Mariners more than hinder them?
It’s just a major problem when you look at the length of the commitment. Then, couple it with the dysfunction running rampant throughout the organization, according to the Seattle Times, and it becomes pretty easy for me to shake my head in disbelief at this signing.
Second, Robinson Cano:
No offense to Dustin Pedroia in Boston, but being the best second baseman in the biggest market, on the most important team in the league, Cano was all but guaranteed a plaques both in center field at Yankee Stadium and, someday, Cooperstown. By moving to Seattle I see him being lost a lot like those anchors in Dwarka, and, possibly worse, being remembered like anchors named Sexson and Figgins.