I am not sure who released this story or why but I think it is very worthy of passing on. This is the story of doing the right thing. It is about showing your children what is truly important in life and that is integrity. This is the story of a guy who walked away from millions of dollars because he knew in the end he would not be able to do anything to earn it. This is the story of Gil Meche, a professional baseball pitcher who after years of pain and surgery knew in the end that he could never pitch again and rather than show up for training camp and claim a 12 million dollar contract, he chose to retire. Here is how Fox News covers Gil’s story
Baseball Player Walks Away From $12M Because He Didn’t ‘Deserve It’
How many people do you know would walk away from $12 million?
Meche — who signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Royals before the 2007 season — decided to walk away from the game, and millions of dollars, due to shoulder problems.
He could have spent the season on the disabled list, or just pitched out of the bullpen, to collect his paycheck. But he felt he didn’t deserve a penny if he wasn’t able to perform on a high level.
“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it. Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again,” Meche told The New York Times.
Royals fans were initially shocked to learn that someone would walk away from all that money.
But Meche decided against that route. He felt it wasn’t fair for the Royals.
“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about. It’s just me getting back to a point in my life where I’m comfortable. Making that amount of money from a team that’s already given me over $40 million for my life and for my kids, it just wasn’t the right thing to do,” he told The Times.
“He felt the organization had been very good to him, and he felt he needed to, not repay, but in his mind do the right thing. I’m not saying that if a player decides to do his best and fulfill his contract that’s the wrong thing. But Gil did what he felt was right for him,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the paper.
With no baseball to consume him, the divorced right-hander plans on spending as much time with his three kids as he can, with two of his children living in Phoenix and the other living in Texas.
“I told them Daddy’s not going to play baseball anymore. My little girl looked at me and said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said: ‘Well, Daddy’s been playing a long time. Daddy’s shoulder hurts.’ She kind of looked at me and went back to playing with the other two kids,” he told the paper.
Gil is a fine example of the old adage “Doing the right thing is doing it when nobody is looking” Here is a guy who could have walked into training camp. Collected a check and gone home to have surgery on his shoulder that may or may not have worked. The team guaranteed that money. They were willing to give it to him in the hope that he would return. I particularly like the part where Meche talks about him not wanting to be a hero. He should not be to the rest of the world. But he should be a shining example to his children. A really good example of personal integrity. I hope his kids take the lesson of their father with then for the rest of their lives. There will be three better people in the world. Gil you are not a hero, you are just another honorable man.