Little background. Phil Hughes has 209 2/3 innings pitched this year. One out short of a 500k bonus that kicks in at 210 full innings. That one out more than likely would have been in the rearview had a rain delay not struck prior to the 9th inning in his last start. Hughes was cruising through batters and there is no reason to think one more out was out of the question. Anyway, The Twins have offered to Phil the opportunity to get that final out this coming weekend. He respectfully declined due to injury risk. They also offered to just pay him the 500k for his magnificent season, and he also turned that down.
Goddamn it Phil. You un-American bastard. When they place money in front of your face, you take it. I don't care that you are guaranteed 8 million dollars in each of the next two seasons. You take that money. Lord knows that, with the best strikeout to walk ratio in MLB history this season, you deserve it.
I hate that athletes make ungodly amounts of money as much as the next guy. However, the only people that make more money than that are the people that PAY those athletes. Whatever takes money out of the owner's pocket is good in my book. The Minnesota twins front office is laughing at you. The general public wants to fucking kill you.
Let's say the Twins didn't offer him the money. Let's say they just offered the opportunity to pitch and earn the money. If I were him I would ask to start the game right now. Who cares about injury risk? I would pitch underhand until someone accidentally popped up. His contract is guaranteed anyway. What are the chances he gets hurt pitching one out? You already outperformed your contract bud, you make the owners' pockets bleed as much as you can.
That's not even the case, The Twins put their hand out with 500,000 dollars in it and said 'take it'. That sets a bad precedent? You now how often the franchise is going to do that? Maybe never again. It's very possible a pitcher never finishes one out short of an incentive bonus ever again. You make me sick Phil. You make every person working a regular job sick. If I find $10 on the ground I turn a blind eye to my surroundings and run. Meanwhile, people much richer than you are trying to give you enough money for a regular person to live comfortably for years.
For fuck's sake Phil, if you didn't want the money you could have taken it and gave it to charity. Literally do anything with it but let those rich bastards keep it. Some people may call this a noble move. I call it stupid and, if were being honest, that's putting it lightly.