Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving: Time for Great Food and Great Deals

I hope everyone out there is having a great Thanksgiving.  It's currently halftime between the Pats and the Lions, so I thought this would be a good time to post, before I'm in a food coma later.  While baseball season may be over, every team's front office is working overtime to make sure they can get the best players for the upcoming 2011 season.  Thanksgiving often has offered a great opportunity for teams to make some deals.

The most famous Thanksgiving incident probably occured in 2003.  Theo Epstein, the GM of the Red Sox, and Larry Lucchino, the CEO, visited Curt Schilling in Phoenix in order to convince him to waive his no-trade clause from his contract.  We all know what happened next.  Curt waived the no-trade clause and went to Boston.  The Diamondbacks got Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and minor leaguers Jorge de la Rosa and Michael Goss.  Winner... Red Sox.  Schilling went on to go 21-6 in 2004 for the Sox and after the bloody sock ordeal in the playoffs, Boston was the World Series champion for the first time since 1986.

In 2005, the Sox made another great Thanksgiving decision.  In a deal with the Florida Marlins, the Sox picked up pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell.  Yes, they did have to give up eventual superstar Hanley Ramirez, but in 2007 the Sox won another World Series and Lowell was the World Series MVP.

What will happen this Turkey Day?  Who knows.  Maybe a GM has something up his sleeve.  We'll just have to wait and find out.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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