Ryan Howard won his arbitration case against the Phillies on Thursday, earning an arbitration-record $10 million salary for 2008. Page 2 has always wondered how those arbitration hearings go, when a team is forced to argue against the talents of its own player:
Arbitrator: "OK, let's get started. Mr. Howard, you begin."
Howard: "I'm good. I feel I deserve $10 million."
Phillies: "Meh. You're OK, I guess. We think $7 million is more than a fair offer."