“The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that’s it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.” Ty Cobb
I was intrigued by the video this morning, posted by one of my favorite blogs, “Babes Love Baseball“. Okay, it’s no secret the girls love Joey Mauer, as noted in one of their recent blogs which, in effect, proclaimed Joey Mauer one of the sexiest men in Major league baseball.
Personally, I have trouble linking the personal looks (sexiness if you prefer) of baseball players, or any athlete for that matter, to the actual sport they play. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just me. I mean, what difference does it make?
The point I’m trying to make is why would Joe Mauer feel a need to do a shampoo commercial? It’s certainly not about the money, and it can’t be about the media exposure. Is this one of those pesky tasks MLB assigns to the players each year? Or maybe it’s a requirement of the Minnesota Twins, you know, part of his contract. Doubtful.
“Joe Mauer’s lucrative new deal kicks in this year, and he’ll make $23 Million this season. According to Charley Waters, the Twins’ catcher is doing so well with off-the-field endorsements, he won’t even have to touch his MLB paychecks, which are supposed to come in bi-weekly to the tune of $1.92 million. If you’re wondering, Mauer’s $23 million this year is only $11 Million less than the Pittsburgh Pirates (entire) payroll in 2010.” Big Lead Sports 3/7/11
According to the article quoted above, Mauer’s making so much from his endorsements he doesn’t even have to touch his regular paychecks, which will total a cool $23 Million this year. Okay, I’m starting to get it. It’s not about playing for love of the game. It is about the money. And Joe Mauer’s not the only one. A lot of guys are doing it. But “Head and Shoulders”? Isn’t anything sacred anymore?