Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of the money professional athletes make because their contracts are usually viewed within the context of team payrolls and free agency and everything else that also includes ridiculous amounts of money.
But then one of them puts his house on the market and my brain finally realizes, “wow, this guy has an insane amount of money.”
Barry Zito is the latest example, as the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants left-hander is selling his home in California for $11.5 million. And why wouldn’t a 34-year-old with more than $100 million in lifetime earnings have an $11.5 million home?
Zito apparently bought the 7,100-square foot home five years ago for $8.9 million, but now wants to move closer to his office (which is also known as the Giants’ ballpark) for a shorter commute. He’s making $19 million this season and will get $20 million next season, plus $18 million or a $7 million buyout in 2014.
On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”
Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.
Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.
Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.