What struck me is the deal he made -- a reported $22 million for the rest of the season. Now, after doing the math (how many games left in the season, how many starts) and making an assumption of 100 pitches per game, Clemens will be earning approximately $7000 per pitch. Strikes, and balls, and wild pitches; homers and aces. Whether he gives up a grand slam or makes the batter look stupid, he still gets that $7000. Granted, he's worked really hard to become a virtuoso, but that's still pretty good compensation.
Now, as I consider my life and the faithful lives of my friends and family, I begin to wonder what else should be valued at $7000 per occurrence. Here a few things that come to mind:
- making my little girl laugh
- rocking my little girl back to sleep when she wakes up scared and lonely
- feeding someone who is really hungry -- Miranda, Billy, John, a stranger, the gold finches in the yard, or even myself
- John vacuuming our house for 30 minutes "because Miranda plays on the floor"
- someone letting you have the last grocery cart when your little girl is crying
- planting something in the ground and doing what you can to help it grow
- getting barbeque sauce in your eyebrows because it's just that good
- Miranda standing up by herself
- someone taking the time to chat with someone who is lonely
- my family driving and bringing diapers, wipes, tub and booster seat, etc to a vacation instead of flying so that Billy and I can travel easier
- someone letting you into traffic
- my family calling to check on how Miranda is doing and singing to her over the phone
- taking the time to read a really good book, and really reflecting on it
- telling someone you love "I really love you"