Rare problems can reveal rare solutions. See, Lloyd of London insurance and the Padres.
The Padres, getting too cute during the 1998 pennant race — yes, the Padres used to get into pennant races — created a big problem for themselves.
Blocking the Braves, they put in a waiver claim on Blue Jays closer Randy Myers, believing they could rescind the claim.
“Sorry,” the Blue Jays said, “he’s yours.”
So the Padres were stuck with Myers’ bloated three-year contract. (Must be a Myers thing. See: Wil.)
Other ballclubs poked fun at the Pads for the gaffe, but the story didn’t end there.