Yesterday the inevitable news broke that the Mets and Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) came to a settlement after K-Rod attacked his girlfriend’s father. The results of the settlement means that K-Rod is now off the disqualified list and his contract is still guaranteed. In turn the Mets will not pay K-Rod his 2010 salary of 3.1 million dollars. If his option vests next year, he will still get paid $29 million dollars for the next two seasons.
I guess this seems like a victory for the Mets but the Mets were wrong in doing this. K-Rod attacked a 50 year old man at Citi Field in front of the families of his teammates. The 50 year old had to be taken the hospital after the savage attack. I find it amazing that so many people are willing to look past this and just move on.
I would have respected the Mets if they had taken this grievance as far as they could even if they lost. Of course the Mets were only thinking of that 3.1 million dollars. I understand that they were scared of a union with way too much power, but this was not K-Rod’s first incident here in New York and with the Mets. Let’s not forget the incident with Brian Bruney where K-Rod had to be held back. Also last year it was reported that K-Rod had an argument with Tony Bernazard. Then earlier this season K-Rod had a confrontation with Randy Neimann, the 54 year old bullpen coach. Clearly K-Rod likes to fight with older men. K-Rod also violated a court order by texting his girlfriend. It also was reported by the daily news that K-Rod at least on 1 occasion attacked his girlfriend and the mother of his two children so bad that she had to be hospitalized. Even with all this evidence to support their argument, the Wilpons decided to take their 3.1 million dollars and let this guy continue be handsomely paid and a part of the team.
K-Rod is a bully and an abusive pig, no other way around it. The guy obviously has personal problems and should not be on this team. I respected the Mets originally for going up against the Players Union but in typical Mets fashion they took what little money they could save and just dropped it. Everyone wondered why the Angels would let K-Rod walk after a record setting season, and let the Mets sign him. Obviously it wasn’t just the money, they were just happy to get him off their team.
It’s just a matter of time before K-Rod does something to hurt someone else or make the team look bad.