Greetings. I was just on hold with Comcast Sports Net, waiting to do a phone interview on Daily News Live. Just before I was about to go on, one of the producers jumped on the line.
Producer: "Yeah, uh, Dave. . .Sorry to do this to you, but we're going to have to let you go. . ."
Ruben Amaro Jr. had just called in. Turns out I was just a back-up plan. Welcome to my life.
Anyway, the highlight of the day so far was a mini pow-wow between myself, a few other reporters, and super-agent Scott Boras. Boras, it turns out, is a big fan of the teaching profession. Amidst some baseball-related questions, somebody asked Boras how he felt about Barack Obama being elected, and how the President-elect's proposed tax increase on those making more than $250,000 a year might affect contract negotiations. The thinking is that agents might try to get more money for their players up front in the form of signing bonuses before Obama takes office to ensure as much money as possible is taxed under the old system. Boras aknowleged that some agents might keep the proposed tax increase in mind during negotations. But he said it wouldn't play a big role in where players sign.
Boras then volunteered that he is in favor of the tax increase.
"I can only speak personally and my attitude is that we are all privleged to have the ability to make the spine of our country better," the agent said. "I'm all for teachers and the profession of teaching taking steps that I just don't understand why they have not been taken. This profession needs to be widely advanced, widely promoted. College professors I think are held in high esteem and we need to have similar stature for people who teach in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools."
So he is more than willing to pay more taxes. . .
"As long as the direction of our government is done to benefit the future of our country," Boras said. "And I believe that the teaching profession and what we do for our children and what we do as a country to advance it. I've always said I was a benefactor of an athletic scholarship, I don't know why we don't have some of the great minds given scholarships so they can go out and become teachers and later on in their lives, giving them benefits and stuff that are akin to lawyers, doctors and engineers. After all, we are trusting out future, our kids, the next generation, the education to these people."
We are still about an hour and a half away from the availability session with the general managers. I'll check in later on tonight with anything I can glean from there.
Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino were both awarded Golden Gloves today.
It is the second straight Gold Glove for Rollins and the first ever for Shane Victorino. Not bad for a player in his first season as an every-day center fielder.