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Someone could sign today

Nov 26, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

Doug Miller at MLB.com reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league:

Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the
New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work
day.”

Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in
2003, when he and club president and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to Phoenix
and showed up at the home of then-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt
Schilling. The two actually ate Thanksgiving dinner with Schilling and
his family while Epstein tried to convince the right-hander to waive a
no-trade clause and accept a contract extension, presumably between
bites.

It worked. They carved out the turkey and the trade that
brought Schilling — and the following year’s World Series title — to
Boston.

The famous Josh Beckett-Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez swap occurred on Thanksgiving too, as did the Mets’ trade for Carlos Delgado.  Omar traveled to the Dominican Republic on Thanksgiving to woo Pedro Martinez as well.

The upshot: something big could happen today, and if I’m not buzzed on Beaujolais, zonked out on tryptophan or filling my pie hole with pie, I’ll tell you all about it. 

  1. Shanman - Nov 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Could that someone be Alex Gonzalez? Good signing by the Jays

  2. Old Gator - Nov 26, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    They would have been better off if they just wanted Alex’s autograph as a bigtime Borg-killer (let’s go back to those glory days of 1993). He looks to me like he’s aging faster than David Bowie in The Hunger. Jays fans must be feeling, too, like there is no release. Maybe they think that lightning will strike twice, especially when they find themselves looking up at the Borg so long that their cervical vertebrae fuse in a backward crook like that raptor fossil on Sam Neil’s computer screen at the beginning of Jurassic Park. But what the hell: dinosaurs are the mothers of all turkeys, and today is Thanksgiving.

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