In what must be a first for Professional Baseball, or even sports as a whole, Royals pitcher Gil Meche quits his position on the team to avoid being paid. “I don’t deserve $12 million” said the aging pitcher as he walked away from the last year or his contract with the team, forfeiting guaranteed money. Get the full story and video below!
Signed by Kansas City to a whopping 5-year $55 million contract in 2007, the Louisiana native didn’t quite live up to what his managers had hoped on the mound. Starting out strong on 2007, a bout of tendonitis and an aging shoulder contributed to his 0-5 record in 2010.
“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” he told the paper from his temporary home in Lafayette, La. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”
As the Royals Gil Meche quits, and explains to his team “I don’t deserve $12 Million,” the pitcher is giving the sports world a refreshing reminder that it’s not always about the money for athletes.
“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about. It’s just me getting back to a point in my life where I’m comfortable. Making that amount of money from a team that’s already given me over $40 million for my life and for my kids, it just wasn’t the right thing to do.”
The Kansas City pitcher said he was feeling a large weight of guilt for performing the way he did and still taking millions from his team. In the end, he chose to forgo money for peace of mind.
What do you think of the move by the KC star? Should he have just taken the money? Or should his example send a message to other dead-beat sports stars? You can see pictures of the baseball star here. Watch the reaction video as Gil Meche quits and tells his fans “I don’t deserve $12 million” below and let me know what you think in the comment section!