At our SB Nation Tigers site Bless You Boys, Kurt Mensching raises two key questions regarding Prince Fielder’s immense, uh, deal:
No. 1) The fact the total figure come in at $214 million and places Fielder’s take fourth overall in largest contracts ever handed out.
No 2) The fact that Fielder is a big boy, and those do not typically age well.
These should be valid concerns for any fan base, but essentially, Mensching says that Tigers fans shouldn’t, and don’t, care:
In the end, it’s a large deal, done by a team that is not afraid of large deals and one that does not like to play by the generally agreed upon rules of the pundits. Years from now, we’ll have to see how the team chooses to act. It’s already shown it can maneuver around as necessary. I mean, weren’t the Tigers supposed to sell off all their players in 2009 when the bankrupt city and bankrupt team collapsed into a heap? I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you that way, prognosticators.
Like it or not, the Central Divsion has a favorite for years to come — and it’s everyone’s feel-good Royals.
As a fan of the baseball team that plays in Detroit, that suits me fine. As it does plenty of other Tigers fans — and the team’s owner — too.
If the Tigers win a World Series or three in Fielder’s nine years there, the fan base will surely be quite content with the deal. If they don’t, though… things could get ugly.