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October 31, 2005

Theo Epstein walks away: The boy genius GM of the Boston Red Sox has turned down a three-year, $4.5M contract. This comes despite reports yesterday in the Boston Globe (a paper that owns a 17% stake in the Red Sox) that a deal was done.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 04:54 PM - 74 comments

He resigned. I hate Larry Lucchino. He needs to go.

posted by jerseygirl at 04:58 PM on October 31

My reaction too, but Gammons is on Sportscenter saying it wasn't Larry, it was the publicity. Which sounds like BS, all the more so since Gammons is a former Globe employee. What an amazing world we live in where the ownership group that won the first Red Sox series in 86 years could spend all of the resultant goodwill in 13 months. At this point, I feel like the Sox ownership will be remembered in the same boat with Song airlines, a shitty attempt at lying to people as marketing.

posted by yerfatma at 05:09 PM on October 31

Trolls, please fuck off in advance.

posted by yerfatma at 05:09 PM on October 31

Globe blog with relevant entry. The obit.

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on October 31

Wow, who would've guessed a week ago that both DePodesta and Epstein would be without jobs?

posted by cl at 05:20 PM on October 31

Theo wouldn't really have any satisfying mountains left to climb with the Red Sox. I would think. Ergo, the Cubs should pick him up.

posted by gspm at 05:42 PM on October 31

I bet this is about the whole Manny thing- too many headaches, not to mention their rotation isnt getting any younger.... too many headaches, and probally not enought money. (Not to mention a crappy team)- jk guys. But seriously, WAY too many headaches this offseason.

posted by redsoxrgay at 05:52 PM on October 31

I'm so glad that the Yankees have already re-hired cashman, because if they hadn't, I could have seen Theo heading over there..... He rules!

posted by zippinglou at 06:01 PM on October 31

This isn't about Manny. He wasn't given autonomy, and that's what he needed as a GM. Theo wouldn't go to NYY. Working for Steinbrenner has to be up there with working for/alongside LL.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:03 PM on October 31

Now we can begin the curse of the Epsteino !

posted by INOALOSER at 06:41 PM on October 31

From the Silverman article (who btw, had the story this morning about the deal not being done opposite the Globe): Epstein had come close to agreeing to a deal Saturday evening but had not officially conveyed acceptance of it. On Sunday, he began having serious misgivings about staying on. A leading contributing factor, according to sources close to the situation, was a column in Sunday’s Boston Globe in which too much inside information about the relationship between Epstein and his mentor, team president and CEO Larry Lucchino, was revealed -- in a manner slanted too much in Lucchino’s favor. Epstein, according to these sources, had several reasons to believe Lucchino was a primary source behind the column and came to the realization that if this information were leaked hours before Epstein was going to agree to a new long-term deal, it signaled excessive bad faith between him and Lucchino. Surprise, surprise. The curly haired boyfriend at the center of this all? Who'da thunk it. If there's one thing that's becoming abundantly clear, it's that the Red Sox need a better PR person. Their business is always in the news, every trade, every late night, every idea, almost always citing a "Red Sox source" or a "source close to the situation". Can we just assume that's Larry Lucchino from now on?

posted by YukonGold at 06:55 PM on October 31

who is kidding who. this kid was at the right place at the right time. the candle burns brightest before it goes out. the sox have no starters and closer. if this kid is half is bright as everyone says he is, he had to realize his team will suck next year.

posted by whodat at 07:24 PM on October 31

Clearly you're well-informed. Sure he added the pieces and made a bold trade to get the Sox through the Series. Sure he took an awful farm system and turned it into a valuable feeder system in 3 years. Just pure luck. Edna St. Vincent Millay's estate called. They said no using her works without knowing what you're talking about.

posted by yerfatma at 07:37 PM on October 31

a column in Sunday’s Boston Globe Can I just say once more that Dan Schaughnessy is a schwanz? Edna St. Vincent Millay's estate called. They said no using her works without knowing what you're talking about. Oh, if only.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:47 PM on October 31

Why are we pinning this on Lucchino? Why must Red Sox management always be the bad guy in these situations? I love Theo, and I understand that he wants to "shop for the groceries," as it were. But he's being selfish here, no sympathy from me. You want to GM (or coach) the Red Sox, you're going to put up with input from ownership. Particularly this ownership, who knows more than a little bit about baseball. And then you're going to go home, roll around in your 1.5 million a year, and laugh and laugh at how you're 30 years old and living the dream. If Theo's serious about taking a year off, I'd say he's just burnt. And yerfatma, I don't see how ownership has spent its goodwill. Hell, Lucchino appears to have been the one who kept Manny around, much to the fans' delight and Theo's chagrin. What makes you say that?

posted by oscillator72 at 08:22 PM on October 31

Or do I have that wrong about Luccino and Manny? I can't keep that situation straight.

posted by oscillator72 at 08:24 PM on October 31

Selfish nothing. In his short tenure, he's proven himself worthy of some trust and decision making. It's becoming evermore apparent that Lucchino's a very controling, very manipulative man.

posted by jerseygirl at 08:57 PM on October 31

It's becoming evermore apparent that Lucchino's a very controling, very manipulative man. hard to see, the dark side is ;-)

posted by goddam at 09:42 PM on October 31

Not a good couple months for the "sabermetric" crowd. Billy-boy's team in Oakland misses the playoffs for the second straight year. "Small ball" team wins the World Series. DePo gets canned in L.A. Kid Theo jumps ship from Boston. I can hear the "old guard" cackling right now.

posted by grum@work at 09:53 PM on October 31

red sox have a farm system? a "valuable" feeder system. surely you jest! free agents signings and trades are what brought this team to the playoffs. give me that payroll and see what i do. or better yet what you can do. granted nice run but toronto and balt can make anyone look better then they are. 31 year old cry baby is what boston lost

posted by whodat at 10:20 PM on October 31

I was a season ticket holder in San Diego when Tom Werner & Crew invaded from LA. They traded 4 allstars in their first two years and all the fans felt they made no honest attempt to win. To determine Werner's credibility, one only needs to remember that Werner made his cash producing the Roseanne TV show. Who can forget his effort at creating synergy - having his star Rosie sing the national anthem. The Red Sox woes from Werner's ineptitude are just surfacing now.

posted by sandman at 01:44 AM on November 01

Bill James is reported as planning to stay. He doesn't plan to loog for "another paramour." We'll see if they bring in another "stat" oriented person to work with him. I am not suprised he is staying though. I never got the feeling the James crowd and the Epstein crowd worked together closely. I say the Devil Rays should hire Epstein. He wouldn't have to worry about being a celeb in Tampa.

posted by ?! at 02:31 AM on November 01

red sox have a farm system? a "valuable" feeder system. surely you jest! Dustin Pedroia. Hanley Ramirez. John Papelbon. Anibal Sanchez. Manny Delcarmen. Abe Alvarez. Jon Lester. Et cetera.

posted by yerfatma at 06:15 AM on November 01

I hate when trolls don't do their research before opening their mouth.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:54 AM on November 01

Why are we pinning this on Lucchino? Larry Lucchino is slowly but surely burning every bridge he comes to in the organization. Let's not forget his comments about Nomar as the door was closing after the trade, or his handling of the Arod deal, or the Pedro negotiations. At least the Red Sox have a capable assistant GM, who helped Theo shape the club along the way, ready to take over. What? Lucchino let him sign with Arizona before Theo's contract was settled!?!? He was gone before the World Series ended!?!?!

posted by YukonGold at 07:00 AM on November 01

Maybe Larry can use his connections to get us one of the Angelos kids as a GM.

posted by yerfatma at 07:15 AM on November 01

In short, thanks to Lucchino, we're fucked. Maybe this was a necessary exposure to everyone mainstream of the practices of Lucchino, and CHB, to an extent.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:21 AM on November 01

Can't help but feel the Sox shot themselves in the foot here. Epstein did the unthinkable, with some pretty deft moves in the past two years and it looks like management screwed up and gave him the ammunition he needed to leave. Theo should head west and go work for the Padres and get some sun.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:50 AM on November 01

It's one thing when Nomar and Pedro find your negotiating tactics distasteful. It's another when an immensely capable person willingly abandons his dream job because you've made it into a such a hideous nightmare. It strikes me as remarkably telling that Brian Cashman decided he can put up with George Steinbrenner's bullying for three more years, yet Theo apparently couldn't take another millisecond with the man who was once his mentor.
Chad Finn

posted by yerfatma at 08:08 AM on November 01

This is great. I had to listen to "Cashman will leave the Yankees non stop until he signed." From countless Red sox fans. What goes around comes around.

posted by jtrluva at 09:09 AM on November 01

what happened did gentle george take over the red soxs sounds like his pettit ploy tosave money for the bunch of cry babies that your are LUCHINO & CO you sure are ASSHOLES

posted by FrankySP at 09:36 AM on November 01

PS; and that is coming from a yankee fan!!!!!!!

posted by FrankySP at 09:37 AM on November 01

PS; and that is coming from a yankee fan!!!!!!! That's nice, but it was completely incoherent. Try punctuation next time; that way people might have some idea of what you're trying to say.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:44 AM on November 01

and that is coming from a yankee fan!!!!!!! You just caused well-educated Yankee fans all over the world to cringe as one. In fact, even badly educated Yankees fans are shamed by your functional illiteracy.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:32 AM on November 01

I too am unclear on how that would add gravitas to the original statement.

posted by yerfatma at 10:43 AM on November 01

Here's what I can translate. George Steinbrenner is buying the Red Sox. Andy Pettite will be named general manager and will work with a very tight budget. Red Sox ownership will place a high priority on aquiring cry babies (or babies are now allowed in the clubhouse, I can't tell). Lucchino and Co. sure are assholes.

posted by YukonGold at 10:53 AM on November 01

Thanks, Yukon... although now I have a mental picture of you as the "I speak jive" stewardess from "Airplane!"

posted by dusted at 11:01 AM on November 01

red sox have a farm system? a "valuable" feeder system. surely you jest! (posted by whodat) Dustin Pedroia. Hanley Ramirez. John Papelbon. Anibal Sanchez. Manny Delcarmen. Abe Alvarez. Jon Lester. Et cetera. posted by yerfatma at 6:15 AM CST on November 1 Just curious, fatma. Is this meant to show a strong or a week farm system? Pedroia's 255 BA at Pawtucket and Ramirez's 271 BA at Portland don't exactly knock my socks off. However, Lester and Papelbon look like real promising pitchers. All I can find on Delcarmen is that he pitched 9 innings in the majors and gave up 8 hits and 7 walks. Not too good. His 9 KO's are quite impressive. I'm sure all teams could list 7 or 8 names and say they are real major league prospects. The Red Sox are no different. Some of these may make it big, and some may flop. I just don't get your point here.

posted by drevl at 11:05 AM on November 01

There are two of three really good famrs systems in the AL- The Red Sox and Yankees are not on the list. For Starters you have the Athletics and the Twins near the top of the list when is comes to great farm systems. Believe it or not Tampa Bay has a better system than the Red Sox...

posted by daddisamm at 11:13 AM on November 01

oops it should be "farm"

posted by daddisamm at 11:15 AM on November 01

Here is what we know about Theo: 1 - he has strong internal guidance and guts. look at what he did with Nomar. given this we should understand that he has a very practical view of life and will do what he thinks is right 2 - during the times of ARod and Nomar - when there was a lot of internal noise from the Sox - Theo was a level head. he did not bask either player, their agents, etc. while there was a lot of noise coming from the sox PR system (and some from Larry L directly) - Theo kept an even head and during the Nomar situation suggested 'everyone should turn the page' 3 - My own humble opinion - - yes Larry L was his mentor and brought him along, yes Dr. Charles was part of that as well - but, in the end, a person like theo will not sign up to be part of something he disagrees with. Maybe it is all talk - but if you look at the Sox standard operating procedure - there is a lot of public leaking of bad info when negotiations breaks down. I do believe that theo is not up for this, wants a tighter ship and Larry L simply is too visible. What happened on sun/mon is typical of what I think he didn't like - leaked info in the press. I believe we are back to the dan duquette days. Theo brought talent - he related to players - he was approachable and liked - people came to boston BECAUSE of him - I think with Larry L - you will find that people WON'T COME because of him. Look at how the players responded. Like a players manager - theo was a players GM - he knew how to deal with them and treat them properly and with respect. Dan Duquette - Larry L --- twin sons of different mothers when it comes to this......aliention of the talent pool - here we come!!!!

posted by SoxInMethuen at 11:23 AM on November 01

I can't believe the Sox have driven off the GM who brought them a World Series title only one short year ago. Reminds me of the ego-driven Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson split after two of what could have been four or five Super Bowl runs. The controversy over the column in the Globe demonstrates how wrong it is for a major media company to own a significant chunk of a sports franchise. How can anyone trust the Globe coverage of the Sox?

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on November 01

Don't forget that the Globe is owned by the New York Times, rcade.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:48 AM on November 01

I'm sure all teams could list 7 or 8 names and say they are real major league prospects . . . I just don't get your point here. Those are 7 or 8 people that could be contributing next year. Hanley Ramirez is a bit of a question mark (and may actually pre-date Theo, I can't remember). I was using them as a sort of synecdoche for the work Theo's group did on the minor leagues in general. When he took over, no one could have named 7 or 8 guys who would be contributing ever, much less in a year or two.

He said I was caused some problems in the front office and my response was simply, "Who the hell is reading the Pawtucket Times in the Red Sox front office?" and Bailey explained that any and all stories written about any of the minor league teams were printed out and placed on the desks of numerous front-office employees including Epstein.
Jeff Sullivan, a former Globe writer. Provides some very good inside information. On preview: How can anyone trust the Globe coverage of the Sox? Don't forget that the Globe is owned by the New York Times Take a look at the story I just linked: two Globe higher-ups received Series rings last year. Shaugnessy got his daughter an internship with Tom Werner's production company. Pay no attention to the humping behind the curtain, Sox fans!

posted by yerfatma at 11:52 AM on November 01

Farm systems for the top payroll teams such as the Yankees and Red Sox are not even an issue. If either team has one serious, serious impact player per year from their farm teams, that's a lot. The big money these teams make mean "Win Now," and developing a lot of young players isn't their way. It's all about signing experienced players with big league credentials each off-season (even though some of these signings, obviously, don't work out. People are always trying to tell me the Yankees have no future because their farm system is so weak. So what? Where's the big news flash with that? Same with the Sox. The guys yerfatma mentions contributed, some more than others, but the Sox will be right in the thick of trying to sign or pick up any (supposed) big names that are available this off season. As for Epstein, it's too bad, actually, because he really seems to love the game and the Sox. But pressure only gets worse after a team wins a championship, then doens't repeat. Some can handle it (Cashman), some run away quickly.

posted by dyams at 12:00 PM on November 01

It's all about signing experienced players with big league credentials each off-season (even though some of these signings, obviously, don't work out. People are always trying to tell me the Yankees have no future because their farm system is so weak. So what? Where's the big news flash with that?[)] Except that's a parasitic practice that will result in a downturn. Not all of those big name signings are free agents. Some have to be acquired through trades. Sooner or later you wind up with no one left to trade and the organization undergoes a "rebuilding". This is seen as a normal part of the organizational life-cycle (I think the Yankees will be entering this phase next year or the year after), but Theo and other New Guard GMs were/ are trying to plan around it, to minimize the depth of troughs teams go through. The approach you mention was not how the Yankees succeeded in the 90s. What happened to all the Yankees fans crowing (rightly so) about their home-grown talent? In a perfectly competitive league, the luck/ injury factors alone would be enough to force this up-and-down cycle on teams. But MLB is not even close to a perfectly competitive league. Major market teams like the Sox should be able to buy talent from smaller teams and spend dollars on their own farm system at the same time. That's the proper recipe for staying competitive across cycles.

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on November 01

I agree with that, yerfatma. It's not a practice I like, but one that continues. Often, judging minor league "talent" is very, very subjective. A few players here or there that start to blossom throughout any minor league system may pay huge dividends, but that still won't equate to a overall "strong" farm system. Also, the scouting teams do of players from A, AA and, to some extent, AAA ball can bring some minor league talent to teams such as the Yankees who initially seem to only be add-ons in certain bigger deals. Often these throw-ins end up being critical to the team's success (A. Small), even though they never really figured in the team's farm system "strength."

posted by dyams at 12:41 PM on November 01

Y'all shouldn't be too quick to dis the Yankees farm system.Check this out. Posada - drafted by NYY in 1990 Tino Martinez - Traded to Yankees in 1995 for: Russ Davis, drafted by NYY in 1988, and Sterling Hitchcock, drafted by NYY in 1989 Cano - signed by NYY as amateur free agent ARod - Acquired (along with cash) for: Alfonso Soriano, signed by NYY as amateur free agent Jeter - drafted by NYY in 1992 Matsui - free agent via Japan Williams - signed by NYY as amateur free agent in 1985 Sheffield - free agent Giambi - free agent Others of note: Nick Johnson - drafted by NYY in 1996 Juan Rivera - signed by NYY as amateur free agent in 1996 Randy Chote - drafted by NYY in 1997 These three original Yankees were traded for Javier Vazquez in 1993 Brad Halsey - drafted by NYY in 2002 Dioner Navarro - signed by NYY as amateur free agent in 2000 These two, along with Vazquez, were traded for Randy Johnson When Tino Martinez returned to NY as a backup 1st baseman, it was as a free agent. Yes, the Yankees have their share of free agents, but the backbone of their team either came from their minor league system, or their minor league prospects were traded for quality (hopefully) ballplayers.

posted by drevl at 02:27 PM on November 01

ooops, I meant Vazquez in 2003, not 1993.

posted by drevl at 02:29 PM on November 01

Y'all shouldn't be too quick to dis the Yankees farm system.Check this out. Y'all shouldn't be so quick to comment. The Yankees farm system powered their terrific run in the 90s, but it's dried up now, mainly due to all the trades you referenced.

posted by yerfatma at 03:02 PM on November 01

How do we know that it's dried up? Their position players were all set last year, so no minor leaguers were called up (with the Cano exception, of course). Their starting pitching was devistated, so they went to their system and called up Wang and Small. This was good enough to win their division, albeit by a small margin. I don't know that their farm is dried up, and neither do you.

posted by drevl at 03:15 PM on November 01

you can't label Small as being part of the Yankees farm system. he was just a lucky NRI pick-up.

posted by goddam at 03:30 PM on November 01

Small and Chacon are actaully good examples of why the Yankees have a poor minor league system - as they had to snag these two journeymen because they had nothing beyond Wang in the minors. It's an indictment of their current woes, not an example of their current strength.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:49 PM on November 01

As I said before, a "strong" minor league system is often nothng more than a mirage. Take a look at the Yankees' 1996 roster and how they were put together. Beyond their many free agent signings, look at some of the players from their system they traded to get their other players. Practically all of them never amounted to anything at all. Minor league players, for the most part, are one big crap shoot.

posted by dyams at 03:58 PM on November 01

Oh yeah, and Shawn Chacon, a journeyman? The guy's 27!! Up until coming to the Yankees he'd been at that pitcher's graveyard known as Coors Field. I see him more as a very good, shrewd pickup, and someone who will pay dividends, hopefully, for the next few year.

posted by dyams at 04:01 PM on November 01

So this thread was about Theo Epstein resigning, yes?

posted by jerseygirl at 04:08 PM on November 01

Who?

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:21 PM on November 01

did he technically resign or did he decide not to renew his contract?

posted by goddam at 04:34 PM on November 01

I dunno ... the article says: Theo Epstein stunned the Red Sox and the baseball world this afternoon by walking away from his job as general manager. Which sounds like he resigned. But then in the next paragraph: Just hours before his deal was set to expire at midnight, Epstein told his bosses and associates at the Red Sox’ Yawkey Way offices that he had decided not to accept a three-year deal worth $1.5 million a year, an extension for the contract he signed on Nov. 25, 2002. I mean, are you really resigning when you have hours left on your old contract? I suppose even if a deal wasn't done, you're still the GM until one or the other of you says it's over.

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:31 PM on November 01

Small and Chacon are actaully good examples of why the Yankees have a poor minor league system - as they had to snag these two journeymen because they had nothing beyond Wang in the minors. It's an indictment of their current woes, not an example of their current strength. posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 3:49 PM CST on November 1 Nice point Weedy. But it's all in the interpertatinn. A good front office (ie: GM, Manager and Owner) can make the difference. In my above comment, the Yankees were smart enough to keep the good (Williams, Jeter, Posada and Cano) and trade the not-so-good (Johnson, Chote, Navarro and Davis - for example) and get pretty good players for the trade-bait. Nothing succeds like success.

posted by drevl at 08:33 PM on November 01

I don't see any reason why this keeps being connected to the Times/Globe ownership of the Sox. It's hardly a new phenomenom for a reporter to report as a shill for an ownership group. When M. Donald Grant spoke, it often came out of Dick Young's column in New York. The late Will McDonough of the Globe served as Patriots owner Bob Kraft's bullhorn. I seriously doubt that any of this would have happened differently if the Times/Globe was not a member of the ownership group. And, while I generally don't like Shaughnessy, I thought his article was fair; it was not one-sided.

posted by spira at 09:11 PM on November 01

It's hardly a new phenomenom for a reporter to report as a shill for an ownership group. ...and they were shilling long before this ownership situation came into being. Love-hate buttsuckers, is what they are.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:02 PM on November 01

I thought his article was fair; it was not one-sided. Go back and reread the part about their amatuer baseball careers. It's definitely not fair, the entire article is about elevating the image and importance of Larry Lucchino. The main point is that Lucchino is a "baseball man", despite the fact that he's a promoter and real estate developer and uses his amatuer athletic career as a way to put down Theo.

posted by YukonGold at 05:36 AM on November 02

If you can stomach it, Shaughnessy's column today. He tries to defend himself, even going so far as to link to the previous column but it just makes it worse in my eyes. Some more quotes from the "fair" article from Sunday:

He got to the mountaintop faster than anyone in the history of the game and deserves to be paid accordingly. But he did not get there alone. And that's why he's not signed yet.
Eventually, the prodigy is ready to make it on his own and no longer feels he needs the old man.
Lucchino and Dr. Charles Steinberg are a pair of Red Sox executives who ''discovered" Theo when he was a student at Yale. They picked him out of thousands of wannabe interns. They hired him in Baltimore and then took him to San Diego with them. They held his hand and drove him places during his Wonder Years.
Let's start with Theo being a ''baseball guy" while Larry is a lawyer with a lofty title (CEO). Granted, Epstein is a student of the game, but it's a mistake to say he knows more about baseball than Lucchino or anyone else in the Red Sox baseball operation. Theo is 31 years old and did not play baseball past high school...Lucchino was a good high school baseball player and made it to the NCAA Final Four with Princeton's basketball team. He came to baseball as an executive in 1979, when Theo was 5 years old.
Today he doesn't try to defend any of those statements, he can't. He can only use the Colorado trade in his defense basically saying "I was just telling Lucchino's side of the story'. We get it Dan. You and Larry are thick as thieves.

posted by YukonGold at 06:37 AM on November 02

Theo is 31 years old and did not play baseball past high school...Lucchino was a good high school baseball player and made it to the NCAA Final Four with Princeton's basketball team His argument is that Theo isn't a baseball man because he only played through high school, whereas Larry played through high school? Works for me.

posted by yerfatma at 09:19 AM on November 02

Ok; I guess I didn't read the article that thoroughly; I tend to do that with Shaughnessy because of my dislike for him. My main point stands; Shaughnessy's stuff would be the same if the Globe wasn't a part of Red Sox ownership.

posted by spira at 09:36 AM on November 02

The Shaughnessy issue has only to with him getting the information in this article directly from Lucchino and then writing a column clearly biased in his direction. The larger Globe issue is that this article in combination with the Edes/Snow article Monday morning shows that Lucchino was using the Globe exclusively for his own gains. But you are right, if Shaughnessy worked for the Boston metro, he'd still be a dick.

posted by YukonGold at 10:40 AM on November 02

Shaughnessy's stuff would be the same if the Globe wasn't a part of Red Sox ownership. Perhaps. But would he have the access to Lucchino if they weren't? And would he be pressured to take Larry's calls?

posted by yerfatma at 11:05 AM on November 02

This whole thing is complete insanity. If you are planning a trip to Boston, I'd give it about 6 months before you visit, it's quite possible this is contagious.

posted by YukonGold at 01:34 PM on November 02

I don't know. I tend to side with Simmon's take on the situation. I wish he would have stayed. No doubt there's problems. Maybe the ownership will realize that now. Hopefully, the sox fans will not let this slide by. But this wasn't Auerbach here, not yet. In his three years he made some great moves, some awful moves, some lucky moves. If every bounce doesn't go the sox way in 04 they're not ws champions. Don't get me wrong, I wanted him to stay very badly. The team has a lot of problems they need to take care of. But if this was going to happen, might as well be now.

posted by justgary at 02:54 PM on November 02

Are the Red Sox becoming the AL version of the Cubs? A storied franchise owned by a media group that has no incentive to produce a winner, since they'll make shit-tons of cash off the fiercely loyal fanbase no matter what?

posted by rocketman at 03:44 PM on November 02

Gary, I'd respond to the BSG's points with this. Simmons' comments on Theo always came off like sour grapes-- notice he spins it into "If I were managing the Celtics," like that would happen if there were any justice in a world were Theo got to be Sox GM. Like the years in Yale Law School for one are counterbalanced by the years boozing it up at U Mass and hanging at Store 24 for the other. Are the Red Sox becoming the AL version of the Cubs? A storied franchise [making] shit-tons of cash off the fiercely loyal fanbase no matter what? No fucking way. All our bandwagon fans disappear after a couple of down seasons. I'll admit Fenway has seen a permanent bump in the attendance trendline as it's become a place to be seen, but true Yankees don't put up with Lovable Losers. Remember Ted Williams' majestic home run in his final at bat was witnessed by like 4,000 people.

posted by yerfatma at 04:50 PM on November 02

Yerfatma, I don't read simmons enough to know of his sour grapes. I'm certainly not putting much faith in his opinion. I know he's 'light' reading. I just agree with the basic premise that three years isn't long enough to say the sky is falling now that he's gone. For me, the big question is was this a one time thing or will no one be able to work with Lucchino. Was this a result of a teacher and student reaching a natural separation or is it something bigger? If it's the former, then I'm not that concerned. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have theo around for the next 50 years. But there are others as capable, and theo's record is mighty short. The article also seems to pick and choose. Getting rid of nomar and cabrera, brilliant. Letting cabrera go and getting renteria, not so good. (that could change I know). Are the Red Sox becoming the AL version of the Cubs? A storied franchise [making] shit-tons of cash off the fiercely loyal fanbase no matter what? Wasn't that long ago fenway was rather empty.

posted by justgary at 07:13 PM on November 02

Searching for St. Theo Just to complete the thread.

posted by justgary at 09:02 PM on November 04

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