Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"I'm Not All About Money."

"I'd like to believe I'm not all about money," Lowell said on a conference call. "I feel like I'm more of a baseball player than businessman. I weighed where I felt comfortable, where I could produce the best and have a chance to win a world championship, and it was Boston. I didn't think my happiness should be bought just by dollars.
"There were things that were considered, definitely. The amount of money that was left on the table was something that ... I didn't really struggle with, but I was thinking, guaranteeing that fourth year, was that something I should really pass up? Ultimately, my fit and my comfort level with my family and the team here in Boston outweighed those other options."

Peter here, and that, of course, was our third baseman Mike Lowell talking, taken from the Hartford Courant, and his words ensure us that he's a Red Sox player in his heart AND in his soul. And that's good to know. Theo Epstein had this to say about the actual process of obtaining Lowell's services....

"The process wasn't always easy, but in the end both sides are really happy," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "It's a credit to Mike's character that he certainly passed up more money elsewhere to come back to Boston. We don't take that for granted.
"We were balancing two competing interests: our desire to bring Mike back and adhering to principles about contract length and future roster and payroll construction that were important to us."

Peter back once again. And I think Theo and the powers that be did everything EXACTLY right. Mike's desire to come back to the team he loves certainly helped decide matters.....he could have had a cool $50 million for four years spent (suffering?) in Philly, but he wisely decided to stay at the place where the Fenway Faithful, Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International converge. It's a brilliantly joyous piece of Oz, and it's called Fenway Park. Yellow Brick Road included.

Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Nick Cafardo's look at this exact same subject, and I hope you're all getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday on this still dark Wednesday morning. If you're traveling, be careful and be safe, and if it's just homeward bound for a wonderful dinner with the entire family, like me, have fun, eat and eat a lot, then eat some more. But be happy. That's the most important thing. Thank you, as always, for stopping by, and leave a comment or three. I'll reply to each and every one. And that's a promise. Since the news out of Boston is so quiet, that's all I have for today. But if something breaks, though on the day before the holidays I'm expecting peaceful nothingness, I'm right here to get it in print. As Richard Pryor said in the wonderful comedy SILVER STREAK, "We aims to please." And I do! Always and forever. I'll be here tomorrow to write something, too. I try to have a post up every day, 365 (366 next year) days per year. Bye!!!!


At 11/21/2007 7:59 AM, Blogger Matthew said...

Where do you monitor your news info??? I've been using ESPN but i'm wondering if theres not an even better place.

Great writing.

Happy Thanksgiving,


At 11/21/2007 8:21 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

How about this.....The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald.....and I always check ESPN and my local paper, the Hartford Courant.
Matt, by far the best is the Globe...just go to and click on the Globe, which will have a sports link, and then a Red Sox link. Indispensable...the Boston Herald is right up there, too...Google it and you'll get the addy.

At 11/21/2007 8:23 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And that would be something like will do, and click on what you need to!

Hey, happy holiday to come! Peter

At 11/21/2007 8:30 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And thanks for the compliment!!!!!

At 11/21/2007 9:08 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

You can always google a subject and usually get hits from dozens of other news outlets as well.

At 11/21/2007 9:59 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Wait a minute! You've got all those championships and excitement there in the northeastern part of our country; don't be trying to kidnap Dorothy and Toto from us. Here on the Great Plains we must cling to our Yellow Brick Road and Oz (lest a tornado blows them away). Just kidding.
I guess with the Green Monster, Fenway could be a part of Emerald City.

Have a good Thanksgiving ... we'll be glowing in the championship that is ours.

At 11/21/2007 10:17 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

He needed a few days extra to clear his head

At 11/21/2007 10:31 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW, the Emerald City sounds great! Yellow and emerald go together so well. Another championship trophy? I hope, but we can't get over-confident....constant confidence worked so well last year! Thanks.....
MCW, great advice...I just named the two majors from Boston.
Hi Michael...whatever he did, he did the right thing!
THANKS EVERYONE! Happy and heathy holiday to come!!! To you and yours.

At 11/21/2007 3:50 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I just received a large cardboard envelope from UPS, and in Bruce ticket. Christmas in November! I'm a happy guy!!!!!!

At 11/21/2007 4:56 PM, Blogger Samantha said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

At 11/21/2007 6:10 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

That defenitly says who Mike Lowell is, I was listening to Tom Veducci on Weei and he stated the Boston Red Sox is developing a winning culture and one that other players want to be apart of.

I have to agree thanks to Theo and managment, as long as they can keep together and not have the type of fighting back in 2005 and 2006. I think that showed how the team ended up those years.

They definitly have a bright future ahead. It's great to be a Red Sox fan again.

Happy Thanksgiving Peter and everyone.

At 11/22/2007 7:14 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Samantha, thank you so much. To you and your too!
And thanks Christopher. Happy holiday to you and your loved ones, and to all those who I am lucky enogh to call MY readers. And that floors me! I love ya all!!!!

At 11/22/2007 7:16 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sorry for my's early! My computer is sluggish, and to a lesser degree, my brain is, too.


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