Homer Bailey had solid back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013 as he won a combined 24 games in 65 starts and struck out 367 batters to go with a 3.58 ERA over 417 innings of work. As a result, Bailey was rewarded with a massive six-year, $105 million contract.
Year one of the new deal went pretty well for the La Grange, Texas native despite missing some time due to injuries. In 23 starts, Bailey posted a 9-5 record and struck out 124 batters to go with a 3.71 ERA over 145.2 innings of work, but it all went downhill from there. Over the next four seasons, Bailey posted a 9-27 record over 46 starts and only finished with an ERA under 6.00 once. With the pitcher due $48 million over the next two seasons, Reds fans thought they would never be able to trade the 32-year-old and one made a crazy bet that he’s most likely regretting now.
Last month, a Reds fan who goes by bgoins52 on Twitter said that he would shotgun three cans of skyline chili if the team found a way to unload his contract.
Well, 10 days later the deal happened and less than a week later he came through on his bet.
Not the worst bet to have to come through on, but certainly not the greatest. Kudos to him for staying true to his word, though.