12/20/2005: And from the Weird Bonuses Department:
If you thought the salaries paid to major league baseball players were ridiculous, then get a load of Roy Oswalt's bonus for winning Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series:
By the third inning of the Houston Astros' pennant-clinching victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, Roy Oswalt was dreaming about a bulldozer.A picture of the 'dozer (complete with bow):
The right-hander remembered what Astros owner Drayton McLane promised him in the clubhouse before the game - win and you'll get that all-purpose tractor you've always wanted.
Oswalt came through, allowing one run in seven innings in the Game 6 victory that sent Houston to its first World Series two months ago.
On Monday, McLane fulfilled his part of the bargain, presenting Oswalt with a shiny, new Caterpillar D6N XL - with a giant red bow on top of the cab.
Len on 12.20.05 @ 07:43 PM CST