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I would like to take the time to discuss a topic that frankly bugs the Hell out of me; the "mercenary" nature of some professional athletes. For example, I will look at two very recent baseball signings, the Yankees signing Chan Ho Park and the Tigers inking Johnny Damon.

Chan Ho Park has been a steady, above average pitcher throughout his major league career. He was most recently on the Phillies and became a free agent during the off-season. He was being pursued by both the (world champion) Yankees and the (perennial losers) Cubs. In choosing the Yankees, Park said in his press conference that he was leaning towards the Cubs  until recently, as they were willing to let him battle for a (starting) rotation spot. He continued, the Yankees' "history and championship contention" won out.

Compare that to the Tigers signing of Johnny Damon, an aging, but still very effective OF/DH. Damon chose money (Tigers) over playing for a contending team (White Sox) (who has won a chapionship as recently as four seasons ago, and has been a playoff team and/or contender throughout most of the 1990s and 2000s). Most experts do not consider the Tigers as a contender; many consider them in a "rebuilding stage". Why would a 36 year old player want to play for a non-contending team, in a depressed, depressing city like Detroit? M-O-N-E-Y!

For my money, as a fan I'll take baseball players like Chan Ho Park over "businessmen/mercenaries" like Johnny Damon any day of the week. 

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