I got an email to a Jed Hoyer mailbag from September of last year. I don't know about you, but this guy is a mystery to me. I know that he's young and bright. He's never been a GM before, but he's being given the chance.
I'm reminded a little of Paul DePodesta except that Jed worked for a good GM. Hahahahahaha. That's a Billy Beane joke.
Here's one thing from the mailbag that stands out to me:
Curt [Schilling] took the very unusual step of representing himself. He was well prepared and detail oriented throughout the process. Whenever we would exchange offers, Curt would take it and then disappear to his office for an hour or so before responding. After we were done with the deal, I went into his office to find a quiet place to type up the final terms. On Curt’s desk was ‘Negotiating for Dummies’ or ‘My First Negotiation’ or some such book. Theo and I just cracked up.
On the one hand, it makes me laugh that Curt Schilling figures that he can represent himself because he read about negotiations in a book. On the other hand, I'm a little nervous, because Schilling got himself a pretty good deal. I know that books in the Dummies series are usually well written and Curt Schilling seems reasonably bright (brilliant and witty if you ask some Gaslamp Ballers), but really?