27 September 2008

Flashback: robocoach vs. Patrick Spencer

With robocoach back in Capra, this is a good time to revisit how one of Capra's bigger dramas unfolded. normandevils' Pawtucket Patriots finished Season 1 of Capra with a putrid .198 win % and did not return for more in S2. robo came aboard and promptly turned the team around by winning three straight division titles, a streak that was then continued by jeclapton123 for five more seasons and running.

As the inheritor of a .198 team in S2, robocoach also owned the #1 pick in the draft. robo waivered between Patrick Spencer and Al Maurer, before finally deciding on the former since pitching is so key in HBD. robo offered Spencer a 3-year major league contract in addition to the 6m bonus Spencer was asking. However, Spencer turned down the offer remained undecided about signing for 40 some-odd cycles. Of course, robo was nonplussed to say the least and let us know about his frustration on the chat page.

Still unsure about the Spencer's status, robo signed two quality international players: Tony Park and Felipe Martinez for 9m. However, his dismay over Spencer turned to outrage when the young pitcher came back and asked for a 9.5m bonus, a figure that was now out of robo's prospect budget. robo now says, "I just didn't appreciate his dishonesty during the negociating process." Compounding things further was the fact that robo's other first round pick, a supplemental rounder, Clarence Mirabelli, also didn't sign.

As a college senior, Spencer declared free agency at the beginning of S3 in Capra and inked a 5 year/50m $ contract from the Anaheim Anteaters, where he has become a perennial all-star. However, Spencer will now have to face the owner he so brashly spurned back in the day, both on the mound and in the batting box. Stay tuned.

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