FUKUDOME TO CUBS UPDATE, ESPN reports:
“The two sides have reportedly agreed on a four-year deal, but the exact dollar amount was still being worked out. Earlier media reports said that the Cubs were willing to pay the career .305 hitter between $12 million and $14 million per season.
The San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers were also rumored to have interest in Fukudome, who will likely play right field in Wrigley Field.
“I think we’re all in the same boat,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said earlier Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re hopeful that the player chooses our place.”
After hitting .351 with 31 homers and 104 RBIs in 2006, Fukudome won the Most Valuable Player award in the Japanese Central League. His 2007 season was limited to 81 games due to an injury that required elbow surgery.”
…AND while he was watching “Anchorman”, his DVD player must’ve cut out right before Christina Applegate’s character explains that “San Diego” does not actually mean “a whale’s ******” leaving him longing for more attractive, renovated green pastures to call his baseball home…either THAT, or he realized hey, I’d be leaving everyone behind including family, friends, fans and moving to an entirely new world where who knows what will happen…who knows how it will go…and who knows if I’ll be happy I made this choice later on? Sure, $12-14 million a year will go a long way in making that adjustment incentive-wise, but just in case, why make such a huge change for just ANY team…I want one with potential, history, great fans, great stadium, and the best chance to win.
After all that, he’s chosen the CUBS! Way to go Mr. Fukudome. So far your career as a baseball player in America has you batting 1.000. Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out myself…and I believe your new manager, ‘Sweet’ Lou Piniella is looking forward to watching you play right field from the dugout without straining his neck.
Now lets just hope our doctors have correctly analyzed your bone chip surgery/issues as being 100% healed and that you’re ready to give us the US version of .351, 31 HR, 104 RBI.