"I Flipped Him a Benjamin"

Imagine a workplace where you casually toss your boss $100 for giving an assignment to a co-worker. So it went in the Mariners' clubhouse this weekend.

The M's took 2 of 3 games from a vastly superior Tampa Bay Rays team, moving within 4.5 games of the Red Sox for the Wildcard playoff spot. It started with Ryan Langerhans' dramatic walk-off home run Friday night and ended with a masterful performance by Ryan Rowland-Smith (hereafter RRS) yesterday, which spawned this entertaining anecdote:

RRS has lately wanted to throw 100 pitches in a game, so team captain Mike Sweeney offered manager Don Wakamatsu $100 if he let RRS hit the century mark. Yesterday, RRS was throwing rocks, as The Big Lebowski's Donny might have put it, so Wakamatsu left him in--obviously because RRS was pitching well, and not because of the offer, which is mere pocket change to MLB-ers.

Nevertheless, after the game, Sweeney swung by Wakamatsu's office and "flipped him a Benjamin." Not to pick on Sweeney, who is noted for his philanthropy, but the flippant (no pun intended) exchange of large sums of money among professional athletes never ceases to amaze.

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