You Must Remember This--written 10/5/02 by Peter Gammons re: Randy Johnson's contract: with D-backs
"Randy Johnson's (2003) contract bumps up $2.5 million for 2003 if he wins the Cy Young Award. And there are many around the game that feel that Arizona may be a franchise with huge financial problems. The 'Backs owe $34 million-$40 million in deferred payments a year from 2004 through 2010, and even this season, coming off a world championship, their attendance was lower than their first season."
From Peter Gammons column, espn.com, October 5, 2002. Not that there's anything wrong with that....(Here's a team saying a "regular season award" is worth $2.5 million. Any pitcher might easily choose that over helping his team in the post season---even knowing he's injuring himself just to get the award over someone else who may be more deserving--Too bad--if you're on the Yankees, they expect you to win the World Series--not a secret, fake, rigged award by a hack jury pre-selected for their certain vote).
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