December 12, 2010 12:00 PM ET
Carl Crawford just realized that he can buy 696,078 one-way tickets from Tampa to Boston on Southwest.
When left fielder Carl Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with Boston this week, he became the first player in Red Sox history with an average annual salary of more than $20 million. Wow - $142 million! That's a lot of dollahs in Boston.
Crawford's deal isn't an outlier or anything, but the contracts in baseball have grown so big over recent years that it's not too hard to lose perspective of how much $142 million can really buy these days. So let's break it down for Red Sox Nation, you know, just for comparison's sake.
$142 million equals...
84,023,668 large hot coffees from Dunkin Donuts
20,431,654 large roast beef sandwiches from Kelly's
7,100,000 lobster rolls from Summer Shack
5,071,428 tickets in the Bleachers
2,898,550 bags of Fenway Park Grass Seed
35,500 used grills from Manny Ramirez on eBay
2,799 years of tuition, room, and board at Harvard
7 years of baseball.