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It's pretty hard not to say something snarky.
America's best city
Its obvious America's best city is Los Angeles because its not a city at all, just a series of little community that have to live together.
Yikes. You can have Philly and whatever heart-clogging food scene they've come up with.
Count me a someone who doesn't see the charm of public transportation from the inside of my X6.
West coast cities, despite their many home field advantages, will always be on the outside for people who don't want to own cars. I go back and forth on that depending on the day, and count many west coast cities among my favorites, especially Seattle.
Turned down two million bucks and a good chance to make his career in America's best city, instead choosing to spend more time in Florida.
San Francisco would like a word with you. Been here 5+ years and have had a car for maybe 6 months of that.
Tampa.. what a hole...
Tampa is the perviest city I've ever visited. Sex shops on every corner, all the strip clubs on Dale Mabry south of the Bucs' stadium, massage parlors and "photo studios" everywhere... It was too much. And I'm a proud perv!
He turned down that money because he'd just been diagnosed with diabetes, and he wanted to take time to figure out what that meant for his body and his health rather than jumping right into pro ball.
I wonder if the notion that if people don't choose millions of dollars or else they're an idiot is a uniquely American mindset or if its more global than I suspect.
Dylan Covey, drafted by the Brewers, is the one who didn't sign because he learned he had Type 1 diabetes during his team physical. He and his parents felt that he would be better off going to college close to home while he adjusted to the new diet and lifestyle rather than going on the road to play minor league ball right away.
Karsten Whitson was taken a few picks earlier by the Padres and didn't sign due to money. Word was that he represented that he would sign for a certain dollar amount and then during negotiations kept ratcheting up the figure until the Padres finally called off the negotiations.
There are lots of reasons to turn down more money, chief among them being happier in a different circumstance. Whitson and Covey don't need anyone else to understand or agree with their decision
If you knew in advance that you'd be knocking around the minor leagues until you were thirty, a million dollars doesn't sound so great anymore.
That was Covey.
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