Most of you know that Vitaminwater was purchased by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion. The folks at Glaceau always pitched the media on the fact that the players believed so much in their brand that instead of a standard endorsement deal, many of the players accepted a stake in the company as the investment.
Well, the New York Post is reporting that David Wright of the New York Mets had a .5 percent stake in the company, which would make Wright’s payment on the deal $20.5 million. Wright denied that he’d make that much, but sources tell us that out of all the players that took a stake — David Ortiz, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Urlacher, Tracy McGrady — Wright got the biggest chunk.
If he does make that much off the deal, I believe it will be among the largest single payouts for a single endorsement deal in history.
Archive for May 2007
With the Yankees holding an 7-5 advantage in the top of the ninth last night, Jorge Posada hit a routine pop-up to Jays third baseman Howie Clark that would’ve ended the inning. But with the ball in the air and A-Rod on the base paths, the Yankees slugger yelled something toward the Toronto infielders that prompted Clark to back off at the last second with the expectation that shortstop John McDonald had called the ball.
Rodriguez maintains that he simply yelled out, “Hah!” The Jays claim that A-Rod yelled out “Mine!” Either way, the ball dropped for an RBI single and the Yanks won the game 10-5, ending their five-game losing streak.
Not surprisingly, the Blue Jays were incensed, and McDonald had to be separated from A-Rod by the umpire. Afterwards, Rodriguez could be seen standing on third with a smirk.
Said Jays …
With Roger Clemens’s arrival to the Yankees rotation on Monday, and Phil Hughes recovering nicely from a strained left hamstring, Yankee fans felt they had just about seen the last of the likes of Tyler Clippard, Matt DeSalvo, and Chase Wright. Think again.
Hughes will miss another four to six weeks after severely spraining his left ankle, completely tearing the ligament.
I’m sure the sun will come out eventually for Yankee fans. It just won’t be tomorrow.
While many fans and observers were indignant at the New York Post’s invasion of Alex Rodriguez’s privacy in yesterday’s photo exclusive, at least one person thinks the story was significant: His wife. According to the Daily News, Cynthia Rodriguez was seen “brusquely” leaving the couple’s Park Avenue apartment last night with a pair of suitcases in hand. Mrs. Rodriguez refused comment to reporters on the scene.
It also appears that Sunday night’s soujourn in Toronto may be just the tip of the iceberg for A-Rod. The News cites several accounts that paint the All-Star third baseman as a “serial strip clubber,” and report that A-Rod’s mystery blonde was spotted on the slugger’s arm in Vegas as well.
In their best efforts to out-do the Post, the News provides various eyewitness accounts of Rodriguez’s penchant for mysterious blondes and glitzy strip clubs, detailing the clubs he frequents, the dancers he prefers, and even implying an affinity for the “she-male” type. It’s all pretty ridiculous actually. But at …
The ‘Will He or Won’t He?’ surrounding Kobe Bryant continues today, as it now appears that after a heart-to-heart with Phil Jackson, Bryant is open to the idea of staying in L.A., and the Lakers are aggressively pursuing a new Robin to his Batman, perhaps in the body of Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, whom the Knicks are also reportedly interested in.
Of course, these latest developments can’t stop ESPN’s Chris Sheridan from speculating on what it would take to get Kobe on the Knicks. Says Sheridan:
Any package presumably would begin with Stephon Marbury, whose salary is almost an identical match with Kobe Bryant’s, and then the Knicks would have to include a package of young players (David Lee, Channing Frye, Nate Robinson) and (presumably) their No. 1 pick in exchange for an additional player the Lakers would want to get rid of (Vladimir Radmanovic?).
And now back to reality. With the likelihood of seeing Mr. Purple and Gold in Orange and Blue somewhere below half of 1%, there …
According to Newsday’s Alan Hahn, the Knicks have had their eye on Kobe Bryant for a while, perhaps hoping they would be able to get their payroll underneath the salary cap in time for the 2009 offseason, when Kobe has an option to opt-out of his current contract with the Lakers.
That time table may have been accelerated today when Kobe went on Stephen A. Smith’s radio show and voiced his desire to be traded.
On his blog for the Daily News, Frank Isola says that the Knicks should give the kitchen sink to land Kobe in New York. That’s a nice sentiment, but I’m not sure what sink we’re talking about exactly. The conversation obviously starts with a package of Jamal Crawford, Channing Frye, and David Lee, but without the lottery pick dealt to Chicago for Eddy Curry, the Knicks have little else to offer.
Meanwhile, you hear rumblings that Dallas is open to dealing the reigning-MVP Dirk Nowitzki, Chicago could offer a package built around Ben …
Today was the first day that the media was allowed access to the Giants’ Organized Team Activities (OTAs) since the spring of 2003. Surprise, surprise, there were a couple key Giants nowhere to be found. Via The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano:
Jeremy Shockey was not in attendance, which is hardly surprising. Neither was Plaxico Burress. And according to Eli Manning, they weren’t at the first two OTAs either. Despite the big deal they both made of their return to the offseason workouts a few weeks ago, Manning said they both only spent about a week and a half here before taking off. Nice.
Bottom line, these guys will never put in the extra work with their quarterback unless they’re contractually obligated to do so.
Apparently the New York Mets allow fans to rent Mr. Met for various parties and special events. So naturally a group of Mets fans decided to take the lovable mascot out for an evening of bar-hopping to celebrate their buddy’s birthday. You can find the complete gallery of pictures here.
Not exactly an Earth-shattering story, I know, but only slightly less news-worthy than the Post’s exclusive report that professional athletes cheat on their wives.
Hat tip to the always humorous Deadspin for the link.
(AP Photo/Ed Betz)In stark contrast to their crosstown rivals, the Mets continue to find new ways to win.
Last night, the Amazin’s took on Giants’ 22-year-old phenom Tim Lincecum, clawing their way to 3 runs as the pitcher held the team to just 3 hits through 7 innings while striking out eight. Lincecum was matched by Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who – in his 4th straight solid outing – likewise struck out 8, allowing 5 hits, and 3 solo homers.
The teams remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the 12th when the Giants took the lead in the top of the inning. Enter Armando Benitez.
The trouble began for Blow-nitez when he walked sparkplug Jose Reyes to lead off the inning. For an encore, the pitcher committed a balk to advance the runner to second base, allowing Endy Chavez to then sacrifice Reyes over to third. At that point, it seemed a veritable certainty that Carlos Beltran would deliver against the rattled former-Met, however Benitez shocked everyone in the building by rallying …
(REUTERS/Mark Blinch)If you’re one of those Yankee fans who in recent days found yourself saying aloud, “It can’t possibly get any worse,” then you must be kicking yourself today.
Last night in Toronto, the Yankees found themselves in the bottom of the seventh in a tight 1-1 ball game. Andy Pettitte had pitched brilliantly once again while the Bombers’ lineup had been contained by 25-year-old reliever-turned-starter Shaun Marcum. It appeared the Yanks would get out of the inning when Pettitte induced a potential double play ball, however A-Rod’s throwing error instead placed runners at the corners with two outs. The play set the stage for disaster.
With Pettitte pitching from the stretch and his back turned to third base, Toronto’s Aaron Hill broke for the plate. Caught completely offguard and thinking that perhaps he had been called for a balk, Pettitte hesitated throwing home just enough to allow Hill to score a split-second ahead of Jorge Posada’s swiping tag. The steal of home plate – one of the rarest …
The New York Post has struck again, as only the New York Post can. Last night the Mets won a 12-inning contest in dramatic fashion, and the Yanks surrendered a steal of home plate en route to another pathetic defeat, and yet both stories take a back seat today to the Post’s photo exclusive, which captures Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez out for a night on the town with a mystery blonde in Toronto.
Stray-Rod, as the Post dubs him, joined the “busty blonde” for dinner “at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.”
According to the report, the duo was accompanied by two other men at the steakhouse and strip joint, but left the club alone.
A-Roood, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.
The Mets have promoted outfielder Ben Johnson from AAA-New Orleans and placed outfielder Shawn Green on the 15–day disabled list.
Carlos Gomez – who had been out of action with a hamstring tweak – is back in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, Moises Alou is eligible to come off the DL today, but is still not ready to return.