When you're Ryan Howard, that's when.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -The Philadelphia Phillies renewed the contract of NL MVP Ryan Howard on Friday and gave the first baseman a $900,000 salary after the sides failed to agree on a long-term deal.
The figure matches the highest base salary in a one-year contract for a player not eligible for arbitration. The St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract in 2003 - that deal included a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team, which Pujols earned. Pujols started a $100 million, seven-year deal the following year.
UPDATE: MLB Trade Rumors reports that Howard "does not sound happy":
"Go ask them," Howard blurted out in a raised voice. "They're the ones with all the money."
Don't play mad, Ryan! Turn that frown upside down and show them those 58 HRs and MVP award weren't a fluke (except against the Dodgers, thanks) and you'll get paid.