A simple case of gratitude and integrity,
“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about,” says Meche.
But look what seems to lie beneath this uncommon example of simplicity and virtue:
He is now looking for a new home in the area where he grew up.
“I want to get back to what I remember as a kid,”
In his article:
Wilson notes, “Meche has always been known for his integrity, according to The New York Times, but this move left the baseball world stunned. Meche said he just didn’t like the idea of not earning his keep.”
Meche spoke to the New York Times from his temporary home in Lafayette, La., saying
“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 went on to say,
“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.”
Meche is now looking for a new home in the area where he grew up.
“I want to get back to what I remember as a kid … Everywhere I’ve been in the country, for some reason, this is the place I can’t get away from.”