Schilling said on his blog that he inserted the weigh-in clause as an acknowledgment that he made mistakes in his conditioning last winter.So Schilling was fat and out of shape, a professional athlete making millions who couldn't be bothered to stay on top of his conditioning last year. And he was so chastened, so desirious of proving to the Red Sox that he would stay in shape this year...that he DEMANDED AND RECEIVED AN EXTRA $2 MILLION IF HE CAN STAY IN SHAPE. Are you friggin' kidding me? A professional athlete making millions who needs AN INCENTIVE to stay in shape? He was ashamed of his actions last year and to prove he would deliver the absolute minimum that anyone should expect of an athlete he asked for more money? Unbelievable.
“I needed to show them I recognized that and understood the importance of it,” Schilling wrote.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Stupidest Incentive Ever
Curt Schilling re-upped with Boston for a one-year, $8 million contract. Per the NYTimes, he also gets an extra $3 mil for pitching 200 innings (is there anything dumber than giving a pitcher a reason to push their arm to the limit?), an extra $1 mil if he gets the Cy Young award (because $8 to $11 mil isn't incentive enough to be the best pitcher you can) and finally, here's the kicker, $2 mil for six separate weigh-ins, which means I believe hitting targeted weight amounts every time.