I'm interested to see how this plays out long term ('cause I'm damn sure management isn't going to want to have to deal with this every year until 2011). As a Phillies fan, part of me thinks it's karma for the ownership being cheap over the past decade or so, and trying to act like they were under the same financial limitations as Kansas City or Pittsburgh.
The other part of me hopes that this spurs Howard on to continue performing the way he's been doing (hopefully cutting down on the strikeouts), and helping the Phillies make a deeper post-season run this year.
Well, actually the Phillies finished one game under .500 this season and finished only 2 games out of first the year before. They have a great core of young talent, but lack some real veteran leadership. Yes, they're overpaying. They have to.