In case you weren’t paying attention…
The 4 teams left in the MLB playoffs have a combined payroll of about $600 million. That is not an exaggeration.
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) October 11, 2013
On August 23rd, 2013, Edinson Volquez made his last start as a member of the San Diego Padres, a game in which he gave up 6 runs and lasted a woeful two-thirds of an inning. The organization released the beleaguered right-hander four days later.
Around that time I was writing a Beer Comp for Volquez and foolishly thought it could wait to be published because, Hey, Volquez isn’t going anywhere! – boy was I wrong. Ol’ Ed was gone in a Breakfasttown minute.
Rather than post the Beer Comp during the week of Volquez’s wake (see: thought provoking pieces from Padres Trail and Son of a Duck), on the grounds of overkill, I decided to hold off and wait for a more opportune time (see: the off-season).
With yesterday’s article from Jonah Keri, a baseball dictionary describing some of the more prevalent memes on twitter, Edinson Volquez has reemerged into our collective consciousness. That’s right – EVHAU has gone mainstream. So the time to revisit the Edinson Volquez Beer Comp has officially arrived.
On September 12th, 2012 the San Diego Padres extended Chris Denorfia through the 2014 season. They will pay him $2M in 2013
On January 17th, 2013 the San Diego Padres avoided arbitration and came to terms with OF Will Venable: $2.675M for the ’13 season.
On February 2nd, 2013 I bought a 12 pack of New Belgium’s Ranger IPA on sale at Albertson’s for $13.99.
Think about those dollar amounts. On the beer, I mean. That’s really a fantastic price. A six-pack of Sculpin IPA costs more than that for God’s sake. Currently, as someone who is adhering to a strict budget, I must make careful considerations with my discretionary income. These considerations ultimately lead me to the purchase of Ranger IPA, which always gets me to where I want to go and for the right price.