Good-bye to Luis Gonzalez

September 15, 2006

Yesterday it was announced that the face of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Luis Gonzalez, will not be returning to the team next year. He gets about $10 million a year, and the management would prefer to split that money between some younger, promising players. On his side, Gonzalez wants to keep getting that kind of salary and be a daily player.

A lot of people grouse about money in sports, and they’re all right. But I guess I’m resigned to it. What can Rev. Hendrickson say to change the situation. Besides, in this case, I can definitely understand the decision that was made.

However, I will miss Gonzo. I’m a pretty new fan of the D-Backs (only 2 1/2 years), but I’m dedicated. He’s absolutely a blast to watch, he’s extremely gracious, and he’s got a pretty good set of life time stats. This year, it has been especially fun watching him hit double after double, inching his way up the list of players with the most career doubles (he’s around 20th right now). He’s not perfect–he often helps local Republicans with their campaigns, but he also gives a lot of his 10 mil every year to local charities. With most fans, we’re sad to see him go, understand why he’s going, and wish him well.

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