Missing the Bronx already,my daughter just asked me “can we go to Yankee game” I love NYC
But if that’s the case, then he really shouldn’t exercise the opt out to begin with. The intent of the opt out clause was to give him an option to leave if he wasn’t happy here. During contract negotiations with Brian Cashman back in 2008 Sabathia expressed “concerns about living in New York with his wife and children”. It was widely rumored that CC preferred the west coast as a San Francisco resident and native of Vallejo, CA. At the press conference for CC’s signing, his wife Amber revealed that the opt-out clause was Cashman’s idea, saying this:
“The whole opt-out thing was never really our choice,” Amber Sabathia revealed Thursday, at her husband’s introductory news conference at Yankee Stadium. “We never asked for it. It was (general manager Brian Cashman’s) way of saying, ‘I know you’re going to love it here. If you’re not happy after three years, then I want you not to be here. But I know you’re going to love it, and this is going to be your home.’
“When he said that, I knew we’re going to love it.”
Put yourself in the shoes of a Yankee executive. A player expresses family-related concerns during a contract negotiation which you address with an opt out clause. He then turns around 3 years later and uses that clause to extract a multi-year extension from you, despite the painfully obvious fact that both he and his family are perfectly happy here. Wouldn’t you feel a bit betrayed? Wouldn’t the good guy image of Sabathia take a hit in your eyes? The Yankee brass are big boys, and I’m sure they can handle this and far worse. But in business these are things you notice and don’t forget.
Let me make something abundantly clear. I have no problem whatsoever with any player maximizing his value during the short and unpredictable time they have the opportunity to be at the major league level. You and I would do the very same thing if given the chance. But I don’t think its too much to ask someone to deal with their employer fairly and honestly. Especially one who you plan on having an ongoing relationship with. There have been no reports of the Yanks deserving this for any reason. The Yankees have done nothing but cater to CC at every opportunity. The travel first class wherever they go. The clubhouse is a country club, which he shares with some of the biggest stars in the game. He has a chance to win it all every year. Opting out would be perfectly legal and make business sense for himself. I’m simply saying its dubious in terms of ethics, and doesn’t match the public image that’s portrayed of him. If CC chooses to opt out, if I was his employer I would think he’s not the good guy he portrays himself to be, at least not in his business dealings.
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