As was the case with Hitchens, a 3rd party told us we were LINKED. You know, they'd been introduced to someone in our FO. We take that is a bird in the hand, just waiting to happen. They become a big deal, because they're basically OURS.
Then...........................they sign elsewhere.
There's no other explanation 'cept someone (Ballard) blew it, when, in fact, we may not have been interested.....because we knew them(?).
So, the next shinny penny comes along, and we start to wonder what in the heck were we ever thinking regarding the old penny that just passed us by. Good riddance. You know, kinda like how we got out new HC.