Sometimes, for a quick moment, we can forget that professional sports is a business. But then like a swift kick to the balls, we’re quickly reminded at the cut throat nature of the off-field antics.
October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan salutes the crowd during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Say like, tonight, for instance?
"We really want to stay in SF but I dont know if it can happen…. :}"
Well, first off, if you really wanted to stay in San Francisco – you could. The Giants would welcome back Pagan with open arms assuming the contract demands aren’t asinine, but, given the lack of available free agent outfielders and the fact that somebody like Michael Bourn is reportedly asking for $100 million dollars, can you really blame Pagan for taking the money and running?
Loyalty is a rare thing in sports these days. Pagan’s found a home in San Francisco. He’s on a year in, year out title contender and from an on-field perspective, he’d have a very difficult time finding a better scenario.
But money talks and it doesn’t make sense for the Giants financially to cripple themselves for Pagan.
We’d love you back, Angel, but if your motive is the all mighty dollar – the door is right there.