March, 2000. The site: a major league spring training camp. The general manager informs a young man that his $6-million salary cannot be increased. He pleads his case by confirming rumors that the club is facing bankruptcy.
Jumping to his feet, the youngster says: “I’m happy with the $6 million, but I’m sick and tired of sharing hotel rooms on the road. Provide me with a private room and I’ll double my efforts and guarantee a World Series.”
They shake hands on the deal, and, as they emerge from the room, curious bystanders see a relieved general manager accompanied by a smiling bat boy.