Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Lucchino Upgrades Matsuzaka to "National Treasure" Status; Canonization Imminent?

From an ESPN.com article about Boston's initial offer to Daisuke Matsuzaka:

"I assure you that the notion that this is a primarily defensive maneuver is preposterous," [Red Sox president Larry] Lucchino said, adding that 51.1 million is "obviously a historical number but we are talking about a national living treasure and an exceptional baseball player."

I'm no business expert, but isn't it generally considered poor strategy to confer godlike status upon the opposition during negotiations?