Tuesday evening marked the 37th annual Thurman Munson awards dinner to benefit the AHRC New York City Foundation. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, and former Yankees greats Bucky Dent and Graig Nettles were all honored at the event.
Flores and Sanchez both know where they will be playing next season, but Cruz isn’t quite sure yet. The Super Bowl champion and former Pro Bowler has a $9.4 million cap hit next season. The Giants will likely either release him or renegotiate a more team-friendly deal with Cruz before he collects a $1 million roster bonus on March 11.
Cruz said Tuesday that he has yet to speak with the Giants since there season ended in Green Bay a month ago. While Cruz has yet to speak with the team, he knows where he wants to be next season.
“I can’t see myself anywhere else. I want to be in blue,” Cruz said. “Pictures on Instagram will look different with another jersey on, so I want to stay in blue. But I understand it’s a business. I’m just here waiting patiently, staying healthy and seeing what the future holds.”
Cruz was signed by the Giants back in 2010 after going undrafted out of UMass. In his second season, he helped the Giants win a Super Bowl. In 2012, he made the Pro Bowl. After seven seasons with Big Blue, he doesn’t need to sell himself.
“There’s no grand pitch,” Cruz said. “They’ve known me for seven years. They know what I bring to the table and they know what type of person I am and all that good stuff. If I need to pitch them now, something’s wrong.”
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and interviews as well every week. He occasionally hosts SportsTalk1240 on WGBB in Long Island, and formerly hosted Brown and Scoop, Brown and Troupe, and on ESPN Radio NH. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.