Originally posted by creek14
I can't stand JA, but I disagree, TCII.
The Reds had to make a preemptive strike.
Look at the crap Barry's agent is spewing about a "respectable offer". If he had been given a chance to say those things without the fans knowing what the Reds offered, the masses would have been livid with the Reds.
Allen didnít slam Barry. Barryís agent is slamming the Reds. Someone is classless. This time (and maybe only this time) it isnít John Allen.
I can't believe you're defending John Allen! Just wait till I see you this weekend! :evilgrin:
But I wholeheartedly agree.
I've listened to the interview with Larkin, at his home, several times now.
It's again, all about money...and it shouldn't be IMO.
Here's a guy who has spent 18 illustrious years with the same organization.
He's been paid very, very well, and is just ending a contract that paid him 27 MIl. And he will be receiving deferred payments in the millions for how many years?
He's at the end if his career. He says
that the most important thing for him right now is to play one more year, if given the opportunity
, and to then retire from the team that has employed him for these last 18 years.
He knows his skills aren't what they use to be, and that age is the reason for that (including the several trips to the DL). He is at the "crossroads" that every aging veteran player must face.
He also knows that the franchise cannot afford to spend lots of money, nor take the chance, on a 40 yr old, injury prone player who is simply trying to hang on.
So money should not even be an issue. The "issue" IMO, is simply being offered the opportunity
to fulfill that wish (see above
This organization, if they really didn't want Barry back, could've offered him NOTHING as far as continuing to play.
They could have said... "We are not going to offer you a contract for 2004, as a player, but instead would like you to accept an offer to work somewhere within this organization, contingent on that you announce your retirement."
But they knew Barry wanted to play one more year, and that he would reject that offer.
So they offered him a base contract, with incentives, to come back for the final year in a Red's uniform.
If it were me, and being in that same situation, I would have jumped at that opportunity. To heck with the money! It's not like I should need it. It's a one year contract!
Both sides basically get what they want IMO.
But what does Barry do?
He rejects it, and says he does so "based on principle"... i.e. "principle" = meaning "more money".
He says that by making that financial offer (his agent states they cannot accept this economic contract
), that it is just a formality, and they are showing him the door.
WRONG Barry! You are showing yourself the door!
Barry Larkin says he wants "respect"; but at the same time he doesn't show others that same respect he demands.
I'm no big fan of JA either (though I don't hate him as some seem to do); but I would take it as being very disrespectful, and insulting, to me, if as the CEO, an employee not only rejects the offer, but then tries to go over my head to talk to my boss to change his mind. He is AGAIN trying to show "one upmanship", and make Allen look bad (and JA doesn't need any more help in this category
). But IMO, it's wrong, and classless.
Shades of 1999, and the previous contract negotiations, when Barry did this then also?
And Barry then goes on to publically
say that he thinks this FO (referring to JA) are making this "personal"? Talk about "burning bridges"... WOW!
WHO is making it personal? John Allen, in that press conference, had nothing but appreciation and praise for Larkin, and what he has done (and meant) for Cincy.
Now maybe John didn't really mean it, and there may be some animosity there between him and Barry (I don't know)...but publically, Allen took the "high road", and did the class thing.
And I'm sorry, but for Barry to say that he doesn't want a "Barry Larkin Day" is, IMO, a slap in the face of the fans who have supported him these many long years.
Why he lets money do this to him, and again make an issue of it, is beyond me?
But lets see who uses the media, and for whose purpose, over the next few weeks? Wanna make any bets?