Probably Not Going To Happen Anytime Soon

Gill Meche, a 32 year old righthander for the Kansas City Royals Scott Gomez, a 31 year old centreman for the Montreal Canadiens, has decided to walk away from a twelve eight million dollar contract for the upcoming baseball season next year’s hockey season because although it’s owed to him, he has injury performance problems and doesn’t feel collecting the money is the right thing to do.

“Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad,” Royals pitcher Gil Meche  the Habs centreman said.

“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche Gomez said this week by phone from Lafayette, La. Anchorage, Alaska. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching performing properly. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about,” Meche Gomez said this week. “It’s just me getting back to a point in my life where I’m comfortable. Making that amount of money from a team that’s already given me over $40 16 million for my life and for my kids, it just wasn’t the right thing to do.”

“He felt the organization had been very good to him, and he felt he needed to, not repay, but in his mind do the right thing,” said a spokesman for the team. “I’m not saying that if a player decides to do his best and fulfill his contract that’s the wrong thing. But Gil Gomer did what he felt was right for him.”

15 thoughts on “Probably Not Going To Happen Anytime Soon”

  1. Oh Dennis!

    You’ve really outdid yourself this time my friend.

    I hope this little gem goes viral on the web and you are finally presented with the Pulitzer Prize you so richly deserve.

    I was thinking the same thoughts as you when I first saw this article about the Gill Meche who values his self-respect more than the $12 million contract he could have milked the Royals for.

    Good stuff!

  2. Thanks, Danno. But it was you who gave me the heads-up about the ball player so I’m sharing the Pulitzer with you.

  3. Very original Dennis. I like it. Wish it was true. Nice to see an athlete do that. 20% of todays hockey players should do the same thing or let us watch the game for $20 apiece instead of $150 per.

  4. Very cute. The thing is that, even if he wanted to, he can’t renegotiate. He’s still a good player and not ready to hang them up.

    I know that wasn’t the point of a fun article, but you have to wonder if some guys, like Souray or Redden for example, would prefer to earn less to keep playing in the N.

    Why couldn’t they allow renegotiation by mutual consent? Why can’t under-performers still be chopped? Shouldn’t you have to make the team no matter what your contract says or what your salary is?

  5. I honestly don’t know if why they can’t work out renogotiations like you say. It makes sense to me. If myself and my family were really happy in a city but the team can’t afford me anymore, I think I might consider taking a cut to stay if the team would agree to it. Having the wife and kids happy means being happy. Isn’t it all about quality of life?

  6. It should be about the quality of life. As much as I detest the way Gomez has been playing, if he was making 2-3 million a year and had third line time I could stand it. It just gnaws at me that he makes 8 mil a year much of which could go to other areas of the team and logs big ice time which should go to players more deserving. In hind site if Gainey had known that Pleks was going to turn into the first line centre that he has do you think he would have followed through with the Gomez deal? Imagine what an extra 5 million in cap space would get you.

  7. Me too, Don. If he was making quite a bit less I’d say he was okay for the team. But eight million………holy smokes.

  8. Gomez isn’t just making 1st line money, he’s making league star money. His $8M is tied for the 6th highest in the league this year. Although his points have dropped this year, I still think he’s a good 2nd line player.

    I thought if Redden refused his demotion to the AHL, he could have been suspended and had his contract voided. Then as a free agent he could sign with any team. I think it’s the union that discourages this as a bad precedent. When he passed waivers it showed that no one wanted him at half his salary.

  9. Chris, I suppose the union and agents pretty well run these kind of things. I don’t know, it’s all Greek to me. And isn’t it a strange case, this Redden thing? He was one of the league’s top young players not that long ago. I’ve had a couple of people in Ottawa tell me he sort of picked up some bad off-ice habits.

  10. Hey Dennis, I have to say one thing for Scott Gomez,he doesnt portray the image set forth by so many folks as the ultimate Mexican.I couldnt imagine seeing Scotty hanging off the borads wearing a sombrero with a bottle of tequila at his side,he has to much energy for that.I just wish he could funnel it in a completely different way,as in putting some gaols up one the scoreboard.He adds life to the team for sure,excites the crowd I would think,but lets get the stats going the right way.

  11. Derry, pretty funny comment. He wouldn’t make one of those Mexicans who give out cards on Las Vegas Boulevard either.

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