... just not much when he was with the Braves!
After the Braves paid Mike Hampton double digit millions each year for the past few years, and got nothing in return, of course as soon as he can pitch again he signs with a free agent with the Astros.
I know that there is no way it could happen, but wouldn't it be refreshing to see a player say, "Hey, you paid me $40 million for no return over the last few years, I'm going to pitch for you for a couple now to pay some of that back."
There is no question that early in his stint with the Braves Hamption showed some real talent. He was tough on the mound and at the plate. I know his injuries were legitimate, but they were beyond frustrating. It wasn't as bad as the Nick Esasky situation, but it certainly reminded me ofit. Esasky was signed by the Braves, played only a few games, and then went down with vertigo that he never recovered from, finally retiring. The Braves had signed him in part because he always tore them up when playing in Atlanta for the Reds when they came to town.
Am I selfish and petty that I don't really want to see Mike Hamption make an incredible success of his time with the Astros? I have to think I am, yet how incredibly frustrating would it be for a player that cost the Braves so much in dollars and frustration over the last few years to pop up in another city and become a staff ace again. I'm sorry Mike, I'm sure you're a good guy that caught a series of bad breaks. Yet you are now an incredibly rich guy who caught a series of bad breaks and seldom helped the team that paid you those millions.
So Mike, if you pitch great, do it against the Mets, Phillies, Nationals, and Marlins. Give the team that paid you tens of millions a break so that the fans who wanted a chance to root for you over the last few years won't have to hate you now. LOL