As we wait impatiently for the official announcement of the Roy Halladay, nine-player, four-team deal and for the Phillies to announce a press conference time and place, here are random musings about how the whole thing will affect the 32-year old Alex Anthopoulos as he moves forward.
It's likely that no matter how long the Jays' rookie GM remains at his job, he will never make a bigger trade than the four-way he helped orchestrate among the Jays, Phillies, M's and A's.
Last week, it was one of those days the media was congregated in an unidentified Indiana hotel room on a random floor at the Winter Meetings for the daily non-update with the GM. The conversation drifted to the enormity of having Anthopoulos' first winter meetings trade for Roy Halladay unfold in front of his peers and then the likelihood that it would forever be the biggest deal of Alex's GM career.
The young Caadian considered the idea, self-consciously, then changed directions and rushed past the issue like Alex Ovechkin blowing by a befuddled Brian McCabe during his what-the-hey-days with the Leafs, I came back to the point, asking the GM: "Is it sort of like bringing a porn star to your senior prom?"
It was a good question. At least, I thought so at the time.
After a short, thoughtful silence, with hints of a smile, the briefing moved on. Not so fast. There are, in fact, legitimate comparisons to be made between this kid, Anthopoulos dealing with Doc at the Meetings and the Kid in high school being overmatched at the Prom. Here' a list of the similarities for each event:
1-In both cases, when you enter the room all eyes are on you and who it is you're with.
2-In each case, you may have believed you were prepared for whatever was to come, then you find out later, with a smile, that there's always something more that you can learn.
3-Although outwardly calm, your mind is constantly racing, wondering if you, in fact, like many had said, may be overmatched, always mapping out furiously in your head what your next move should be.
4-Whatever you get out of the moment, some will always say it wasn't enough. Others will be jealous.
5-Into the future, that adrenaline-fueled euphoria is something that will be hard to match.
6-If you pull it off smoothly in front of the world you will always have the respect of your peers.
7-Finally, at the end of the day, it's likely an event you will never, ever forget.
In the case of Anthopoulos, the GM, we can only guess what went on behind closed doors because Alex will never kiss-and-tell regarding his dealings with other GMs. You may not agree with what he got in return, you may think you could have got more in this deal, but it is what it is. Rock on, Alex. Welcome to the major-leagues, kid.