"If he had signed sooner, we might have picked up a couple of wins and gotten in there. But the negotiations just kept dragging. And sometimes when that happens, the player and the agent lose out in the long run."
-Roland Hemond, on the Ben McDonald signing and the "Why Not?" Orioles.
Bob Nightengale's USA Today piece on McDonald is definitely worth a read. There's also information in there about Mickey Tettleton taunting McDonald in the clubhouse and Sutcliffe and Ripken mentoring the young pitcher.