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RE: Grandpa Gotta Eat—Food And Sports

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College sports are the best. I enjoy watching college athletes much more than professionals. They are still playing for the love of the game and not for the stock pile of money thrown at their feet. I don't know if you watch any baseball, but if you do I'm sure you have heard of Gerrit Cole. Last year he pitched for the Dodgers. He became a free agent at the end of the year, and just signed a $324,000,000 contract with the Yankees for 9 years. Now, the average pitcher starts less than 40 games a year, to make the math easy, lets say Cole starts 36 games next year, that's $1,000,000 Per game. I'm sure he is ordering his pies with all of the extra toppings.
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Hey, @thebigsweed.

Does seem like a bit much to play a game, doesn't it?

I've never really had an issue with the money. There are very few people who can do what they do, at the level they do it, and inevitably, there's some kind of injury or sudden decline in abilities, or some other thing that derails them.

Money does seem to change things, though. It's less about playing for the love of the game and for each other, at least it seems like that. I don't know if I'd rather they went back to the days where they got paid hardly anything, though. Maybe somewhere in the middle would be good.

However, as long as people are willing to pay ticket prices, or to watch the games somehow, and those that advertise get something in return for their thousands if not millions of dollars, the whole thing continues on.

Meanwhile, we have the issues throughout society that we continue to have, too, and other professions are paid considerably less that are seemingly much more important. I know I could live without professional sports. Doctors, firemen, police officers—take your pick—it's good to have a few of them around at least. :)

In no way do I resent what they are being paid for the services they provide, they are the gifted of the gifted. I can remember when the Mick signed a contract for $100,000.00 becoming the highest paid baseball player in the history of the game. At the time, some thought that was a ridiculous number.

I guess I'm just getting old and don't get it. You make a great point about the importance of the work other people do, and aren't justly compensated.
You can add teachers to your list.
Thanks for the reply my friend, it's always good to hear from @glenalbrethsen