Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre’s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram:
Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011?
Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation.
“I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in the game, and I’ve got good news and bad news,'” Boras recalled. “‘The bad news is that the veteran player gets the number. The good news is that I am your advocate in negotiating with a very wealthy player to get you a very nice watch.”
Borbon will wear No. 20.
And I assume that Boras gets to wear the watch two days a week.
As far as negotiations over numbers go, however, there never was anyone better than Jeff Feagles, the former NFL punter. Feagles wore number 17 for the Giants when Plaxico Burress came to town. Feagles got Burress to pay for an outdoor kitchen at his vacation home in Phoenix in exchange for it. Before that, Feagles was number 10 when Eli Manning joined the team. He got Manning to send the Feagles family on a vacation to Florida in order to give it up.
Feagles should probably just open his own consulting business focusing on numbers exchanges.