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November 17, 2010

Chet’s Corner: Rent or Buy?

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 5:00 am

Sifting through November baseball news is like wandering through a shuttered fun park.  The rides are all still there but…. “Sorry Folks, park’s closed!”

Occasionally a hot dog wrapper’s worth of news will blow by but outside of that it’s rather stale and vacant.

Which brings me to a tidbit that Joe added to his weekly news column.  Apparently Kosuke Fukudome purchased a home on Lakeshore Dr. making me ask a simple question…….Why now?

Kosuke is in the last year of his four year deal and has been linked to a rumor involving a trade with the Red Sox and his Japanese counterpart, Daisuke.  I guess this sort of squashes that huh? One would think Kosuke is on his way out of town not setting his roots.

So why buy now after renting for three years?  Don’t get me wrong, I get the rent vs. buy mentality for a major leaguer, but why buy in the last year?  It kind of creeps me out and I sort of feel like Hendry pulled him aside and said, “how about another 4 years, yah, something similar to the massive failure we just endured?  Go buy yourself a house in the city, put down some roots, this is your new American home, we are gonna lock you down for good.”  (excuse me, while I clean up the vomit from my keyboard)

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Kosuke as a ballplayer.  His pinwheel swing drives me nuts but he can bunt and play the field well.  He is worth about 3 million per year in my book.  The first half he is worth 2.5 and the last half of the season he is worth 500K.

I know the housing market is at the bottom but there must be some other reason he rented for three years and now he is buying.  I can’t get past this, I mean, I know it is ridiculous but this is the Cubs after all.  Expect the worst right? (Oh boy, that was the Cubbie Ugly coming out in me)

So what gives? Does he know an extension is coming his way? Does he just love Chicago and has decided he wants some property here? Did he find his dream home after three years of looking and couldn’t say no?  It all just seems odd to me.

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19

  • Buddy

    I remember when George Seifert bought a home near Dallas, and everyody thought he was going to be the next head coach of the Cowboys. As it turned out, one thing had nothing to do with the other.

  • Chuck

    I wouldn’t mind having Fukudome around for the next few years. At this point he is what he is. I think a lot of people get hung up on what he isn’t when compared tot eh hype when he came over. We all were expecting Iciro with 30+ HR power. What we got was, more or less, Ichiro-lite.
    My analysis of Dome:
    Positives: Excellent plate dicipline, decent speed (no SB though), good glove, good 2-hole hitter.
    Negatives: Swing that would cause little league coaches to faint, no power, not fast enough to be a leadoff guy, low AVG.

  • cap’n obvious

    Maybe he needed some tax shelter, or a headquarters for his “charitable foundation”…the mother of all tax dodges for professional athletes and entertainers. It likely just took him 3 years to.catch on.
    Since he hits lefty, we can assume he’s a political lefty, so he’s likely going to be supportive of foolish government giveaways, all while bearing as little of the brunt fiscally as possible. He’ll return to Japan soon enough, with all his undertaxed millions that he can spend and invest there. Thank you America.

    Now we have something to talk about in November. You’re welcome.

  • MJ

    No mention of the NU/Illini game? They pinted the marquis purple for cryin’ out loud! Or maybe Ricketts new plan for the Triangle Building, and upgrades to Wrigley?

  • Buddy

    I have moved on to Illini hoops.

  • cap’n obvious

    The end line looks precariously close to the right field wall…does either team have a reciever gutty enough to go for a ball back there? It looks like the goalpost is bolted to the basket for crying out loud. The stadium will be the star of a game that will otherwise be a snooze. I’ll root for the Illini, since that jagoff Girardi went to Northwestern…and threw me out trying to steal…twice.

  • jswanson

    Here at the Kosuke Fukudome center for kids who don’t hit good and want to learn to do other stuff good too…

  • MJ

    You need to run faster cap’n. :P

  • Rich Beckman

    The Bears used to play at Wrigley. Was the field laid out the same way? It looks wrong to me.

  • Seymour Butts

    The field when the Bears played at Wrigley was laid out about perpendicular to the current lay out. There was not much room beyond the end-lines in that configuration either.
    Remember the goal posts were not at the back of the endzone years ago, but H shaped 2 yards beyond the goal line. Tougher players back then.

  • Joe

    Damn Northwestern!!! They ruin everything, EVERY year!!!

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Wrigley has hosted more NFL games than any other stadium but Giants Stadium, and that’s only because the Giants and Jets shared it for so many years. When the Bears played, the field was so tight that one of the end zones was only 8 yards. I am going to the college gameday set on Saturday.

    Who knows why Fukudome is buying a house now? Maybe he needs a bigger space for his wife and kid, maybe he wants to take advantage of the market, buy low, sell high when the economy gets better

  • walterj

    i’m as puzzled as anyone on why he would buy a house . the only thing i could imagine is that hendry approached him and said you arent going anywhere in 2011 . then again , he holds all the cards anyway because he has a no-trade clause . i wouldn’t mind seeing him play as a fourth outfielder for the cubs another couple of years as long as it’s not over 4 mill .maybe he will be the new hitting coach in 2012 .

  • walterj

    the playing field was also bigger because the tribune added the rows for more seats .

  • Doc Raker

    Maybe Kosuke likes the city of Chicago and would like to spend some time in Chicago after his playing days are over. He does have at least $45M to invest. He probably new the housing market was going to crash since Japan went through a similar recession which is now known as the lost decade. Something about a fiscal policy similar to Obama’s stimulus plan- oh who needs history to learn from- but I digress.

  • Doc Raker

    I played against Girardi also in college, he didn’t throw me out stealing though. I was smart, I stayed on the bench on a drizzly 45 degree day, that was my last college baseball game.

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