used by Brien Taylor
, former MLB #1 pick of the New York Yankees, and his family under the advice of agent Scott
Boras. The Yankees offered him about $350,000, the usual amount
for a #1 pick, but Taylor informed them
he would be holding out for "Todd Van Poppel money", in reference to previous year's draftee Todd Van Poppel, who was given $1.2 million to sign
with the Oakland Athletics. Taylor
was eventually given more than $1.55 million. Humorously, Brien Taylor
never ended up in the majors after tearing his labrum in a bar fight, and Van Poppel spent the majority
of his career
as a mediocre
pops up frequently around drafts, when high draftees are expected to ask for ridiculous amounts of money rivaling
the contracts of many proven veterans
and younger stars.
It can also be used in everyday situations when referring to a relatively large amount
of money, especially when said money is being
offered to convince you to do something heinous.
John: Hey Dan, I'll give you $20 to burn
off your nutsack hair.
no, you'd have to give me Todd Van Poppel money to do that.