Justin Upton was the first overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft. To date he has largley lived up to his hype. The Dbacks definitely think he has and believe that he will excel going forward. They just signed him to a long-term $51.25M deal. Now Justin can fly as many girls out to ‘Zona to see him play as we wishes.
Here’s the deal; Upton gets a $1.25 million signing bonus. As far as salary, he gets $500,000 this year, $4.25 million in 2011, $6.75 million in 2012, $9.75 million in 2013, $14.25 million in 2014 and $14.5 million in 2015. (more…)
This photo was posted by the Big League Stew yesterday over on Yahoo! It is unfortuantely very blurry but it is BJ Upton getting a smooch from what would appear to be his girlfriend after the Rays clinched the American League pennant.
This brings me directly to a story I was told this past weekend about BJ’s brother Justin of which this photo reminded me.
Apparently, Justin was partying on Cape Cod this summer while the Diamondbacks were in town playing the Red Sox. Justin, like many other great MLB players, has ties to the Cape Cod League. He apparently misses his friends so dearly that the night before the team had a game with a 7:05 start, Justin was out until 4 in the morning partying it up with some Cape girls. He was so fond of one of the females that he offered to fly her out to Arizona to come visit and see him play.
That is awesome. To be able to just fly a prospective girl out, across country after just meeting her at some random party. We are talking about a 21 year old kid with a $6 million contract. Must be unreal.
Justin has yet to live up to his #1 overall pick potential or his brother’s unavoidable future superstar-dome but he has shown flashes. But hey, it’s the little things in life like playing drinking games in Harwich, Yarmouth or Orleans. Or just offering to fly women all over the country, women that you don’t even know their last name.
Again this story is second hand but doesn’t it seem very likely to have happened? I know I’d do the same if I was Justin.