Just how costly was Joe Beimel’s bar tab the night he sliced open his hand in New York City, preventing him from pitching in the Dodgers’ fateful 2006 playoff series against the Mets? Let’s look at the per-player shares given to the teams in or close to the 2006 post-season:
|World Series winner||Cardinals||$362K|
|World Series loser||Tigers||$292K|
|LCS losers||A’s, Mets||$124-141K|
|Division series losers||Dodgers, Padres, Twins, Yankees||$27-38K|
|Second-place, non-wild card||Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Phillies||$10-12K|
Amounts are based upon gate receipts from the first three games (ranges are due to the team’s discretion on how many player shares to allocate). The Dodgers, in specific, distributed an extra $27K to each of 50 players for their first-round exit. Had they beaten the Mets but lost in the LCS, they would have had ~$130K per player to distribute among the same 50 players.
I haven’t priced tattoos lately, but I think an incremental $103K buys a crapload of sappy broken heart tattoos. Thanks, Joe.