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Did the Globe sports writers miss this? This could be the most important decision the Red Sox make in terms of the team’s long-term future—and here it is, in the New York Times:

A couple of Saturdays ago, in a borrowed office at Fenway Park, Bill James realized what all his writing, theorizing, number crunching and head scratching were about. For six hours, Theo Epstein briefed James on potential trades and free-agent signings the Boston Red Sox could make this winter. James, baseball’s ultimate outsider for 25 years, was suddenly very much on the inside. And he loved it.

“I really had a feeling like this is what I’ve always been preparing to do,” James said, reflecting on that meeting last week. “This is what I should be doing.”

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