Buying the property of a Major League Baseball player, living where they lived, following the most luxurious path possible, imagining yourself as a Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter.
Sounds like a pie-in-the-sky dream, doesn't it?
Every so often The Stew passes along the information that some superstar ballplayer has put one of his homes up for sale. Of course, The 99 Percent of you out there could never, ever afford such obnoxiously luxurious real estate — and, to be fair, neither could we. To think otherwise would be a delusion of unaffordable grandeur, though it's always fun to suggest that there are Stewies who also use our blog as a place to shop for real estate.
At any rate, it appears former Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals slugger J.D. Drew might have changed the game here a bit. Drew, who isn't playing this season and likely has retired after putting in 13 seasons in the big leagues, recently put up his Florida condo up for sale.
The asking price? Not $10 million or $5 million. Heck, not even $1 million. Actually, how does $299,000 sound? Hey, maybe you could buy it! You and a buddy, for sure. The U.S. Census reports that the median sales price of a new home in July was $224,000. The average price was $236,000. Drew's property isn't that much more, considering a low interest rate on a 30-year mortgage.
We can do this, people!
There's a catch, though. The property itself is ... sort of plain. Just like Drew himself!
Hey, of course it's plain. But it's also nice. Very nice. A-Rod wouldn't be caught dead living there, but it's nice. It's on a golf course — PGA National in Palm Beach County — so there's that. And it has a pool. A community pool. And the kitchen! It has a kitchen. With a peninsula. Not an island, but ... yeah. Seems like there should be more for a professional baseball player, doesn't there? But there's plenty, actually. It should make anyone happy.
Drew was a good hitter, sometimes very good, but he was considered one of the blandest players of his era. Some complained that he had an attitude problem, and he once even said he couldn't explain why it was so hard for him to get excited where people could tell. But it probably was just a big misunderstanding. Or even willful ignorance, a response to Drew holding out and refusing to sign after getting drafted by the Phillies. Drew's agent was Scott Boras, so even before he established himself in the majors, a lot of people were against him. And Drew responded by being quiet and reserved. He got hurt a lot, but it probably was because he was unlucky, not because he had a low pain tolerance or some kind of other weakness.
And even if all of the criticisms were true, Drew still hit .278/.384/.489 with 242 homers. Good. Very good. It should be enough for anyone.
So it makes sense that he'd own a home with an understated, conservative look. But hey, good for us. There's no way we could afford something flamboyant, anyhow. Now, does anyone know how escrow works?