Jeremy Affeldt Turned Down $500,000 in 2010
I won’t say too much about this because I think Schulman of the SF Chronicle covers everything. However, if you ever needed a reason to love Jeremy Affeldt, here it is. According to Jeremy’s book, To Stir a Movement, before his contract with the Giants was re-done in 2010, he was set to earn $4mil. Apparently whoever wrote the contract made a big mistake…to the tune of half a million dollars! The contract was written as $4.5mil. After getting opinions from the Player’s Association, his agent, and even Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans, he learn the contract was valid. He could take the money and run.
Apr 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (41) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. San Francisco won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
But he didn’t. He knew it wasn’t his money and had the contract re-written with the correct amount.
We call that class. The best part is that I think that there could be a number of Giants players who would have done the same thing. I’m sure not all of them, but the fact that I can think of several that wouldn’t surprise me if they did, show that I think the Giants are a pretty darn classy organization all together.