In yet another clear sign of the ridiculousness of MLB’s Selig-o-nomics, the Phillies will pay Delmon Young $60,000 for each pound of fat he succeeds in passing from his body, or $600,000 for a single ten-pound chunk of belly butter.
To put this in its proper perspective, I threw together this handy price list of (more or less) comparable expenses:
Fat, Delmon Young, 10lbs total: $600,000
Rhino horn: $498,957/lb
Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, daily consultancy fee: $120,000/day
Fat, Delmon Young: $60,000/lb
Single-walled carbon nanotubes, research-grade: $56,700/lb
External beam treatment for colo-rectal cancer: $24,204/year
Gold bullion, .999 pure: $1,650/troy oz or $19,800/lb
Beluga caviar, Iranian Almas: $15,000/lb
Arable land, Iowa, average 2012: $8,296/acre
Average cost of vaginal childbirth, no complications, 2004: $7,734/child
White truffles, Italian: $4,200/lb …
…you get the point.