Lots of people like to talk big about how their family is more important than anything in the world to them. I know I say it all the time, and there have been times I’ve had to make a choice between a work assignment or an anniversary dinner with my wife, or one of my daughter’s soccer games.
Family always wins out for me, but Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza made his priorities perfectly clear when he turned down a four year, $52 million offer from the Los Angeles Angels in December.
Garza and his family were vacationing in Turks and Caicos when he received the offer from the Angels, and they only gave him a certain amount of time to accept the offer. But Garza wasn’t in the mood to be disturbed.
“I was on vacation with my wife and I didn’t want to be disturbed, and it was like, ‘Here it is, we’ll pull it in a certain amount of hours.’ I didn’t have a chance to respond, so I just said, ‘Whatever. It is what it is.’”
Things worked out well for Garza after all as he recently signed a four year, $50 million contract with the Brewers. Of course that means he gave up $2 million because of his refusal to be distracted by baseball matters.
When I told my wife about this story she thought Garza was crazy. She assured me that if someone offered me $52 million she would have no problem with me taking a half hour off from our vacation to seal the deal.
But before you’re too hard on him you need to remember that Garza lives a lifestyle few of us will ever see. We can’t relate to someone who would be willing to ignore an offer of $52 million. But we also can’t relate to someone who would sign a $50 million contract just a few weeks later.
What do you think about Matt Garza’s decision to ignore a lucrative contract offer? Was he crazy for not jumping on it? Or do his actions demonstrate what a great family man he is?