Players can't have a mediocre first year, change a few things under a good coach, have a great couple years and sign a monster bonus?
Of course they can, but their lifetime stats are their lifetime stats. They don't get to have the mediocre years removed from the record.
I guess I don't understand how knowing the first 4 months of a product's life is really applicable to your experience if you didn't suffer thru those first four months yourself. YP(erception)MV, I guess.
It goes towards how the company performs, its decision making, and its strategies. When I buy a product, I'm choosing to reward a company for its efforts. If the product turns out to be a lemon, then that company has failed to uphold their end of the deal and has not made good on their promise.
Do you want to buy from a company that puts out a not-ready-for-primetime product and relies on you to help fix it? Or do want to buy from a company that thoroughly tests a product and makes sure it's right before putting in the hands of its customers?
The full history is important.
D* shipped junk to the early customers, but they did stand behind their promise and made a decent effort to make things right.
They are still shipping junk to some of us. To me, that means they haven't learned their lesson very well, and they're greedy.
Getting back to the analogy, I think at this point the HR20 is Darryl Strawberry.
It can be one of the best there is, but it can also be something you really can't rely on very much.