Boston closing in on veteran pitcher

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein was working overtime in an attempt to convince Curt Schilling to come to Boston.

Updated: November 28, 2003, 9:44 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Today is decision day for Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox. The deadline for Schilling to take their offer and accept a trade from Arizona to Boston is 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

On February 20 of this year, I wrote the following about Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein: "One thing people seem to forget about hiring a 28-year old (now 29) to be a team's general manager is that ambitious people at that age tend to be hungry and willing to work themselves like rented backhoes."

Yesterday was the perfect illustration of that tendency. While the vast majority of us were taking the day off, Epstein was working overtime by dining with Curt Schilling and his family in an attempt to convince the Diamondback ace to come to Boston. Thanksgiving dinner might seems like an awkward place to negotiate a contract, doesn't it? But if a guy showed up at my house wanting to pay me eight figures a year, I'd damn well set another place for him as sure any of us would.

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