Sunday, February 25, 2007

What Do Jason Schmidt and Whitney Houston Have In Common?

Both believe that children are our future, according to today's Grapefruit League report. Teach them well, Schmidt implies, and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty you possess inside, he posits, by signing a shorter-term contract.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Jason Schmidt said he passed up opportunities for a longer, more lucrative deal in the offseason because of his children.

"My kids are my interest. I've got two and one on the way," Schmidt said. "There were five-year deals to be had. I can see why guys want to stretch out the contract. It was a family thing."

Schmidt said the divorce of his parents when he was 6 has motivated him to be available as much as possible for his children -- a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. That's always going to be difficult as a baseball player because of the travel involved, so he's reticent to plan too far ahead.

"I just don't want to get locked into something," he said. "I don't know what the future holds -- I might want to play three years, I might want to play 10."

Schmidt's perspective is cool with me, from a family-first perspective, as well as a Dodgers perspective. In fact, his three-year, $45M deal may turn out to be the greatest love of all of this off-season, for the boys in blue.