It took exactly two days for pitcher Mike Hampton's blockbuster $121 million deal to become chump change.
The Colorado Rockies had put together what looked like an astounding offer: $15 million a year for eight years. When pen was put to paper, it was the second-largest contract in the history of sport - falling just short of a 1997 basketball deal.
Now, it's a distant fourth.
The Texas Rangers' signing of slugger Alex Rodriguez to a 10- year, $252 million contract has staked out a new standard in professional athletics - one that may imperil the very foundations of America's pastime.
Certainly, landmark contracts have always been met …