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Thursday, January 26, 2006

It's Deja Vu All - Over Again ....

On Tuesday, January 24th, Brookline native Theo Epstein was named General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He will report directly to Larry Lucchino and will also hold an executive position as well. Theo feels he has the credentials to bring a World Series championship to the city of Boston. Wait a minute. This sounds vaguely familiar. Didn’t the Red Sox already hire a GM with a similar name a few years ago? And wasn’t he from Brookline? And didn’t he bring a championship to the city of Boston? Hey, wait a minute. Would some please help me remove the wool from my eyes?
Theo was name, again, as GM of the Sox. Man, what about those other two guys, Ben & Jerry? That was their names, no? Ben & Jed are proud NH boys who did an admirable job “filling in” while Theo went on his self-imposed sabbatical last Halloween, ducking the media wearing a gorilla suit, no less. But talk about getting diss‘d. Here boys, the job is yours until …..And to make matters worse, owner John Henry told the media on Wednesday that he was shocked that Ben & Jed were not introduced as interim managers. He was under the impression this would be the case but someone who really runs the show on Yawkey Way decided that Henry’s idea would be nixed. Is this guy really qualified to own this team? He feels, at times, that he is not.
Back to Theo. What did he learn from his 10 week timeout? He stated that he initially left due to a “fundamental disconnect” ranging from baseball issues to simple matters. No one within the organization would provide juicy details on this matter, which was the wise choice. I don’t think anybody wants to hear the details of the latest spat between me and my significant other. But the answer was so vague that we are left guessing at this point.
So, the issues are solved Theo? They must have been pretty severe for Theo to leave almost 5 million dollars on the table. Why couldn’t these issue’s be resolved prior to Theo tip-toeing out the door dressed as a primate? And will Theo bail on the team once again if someone in the organization makes a decision he doesn’t agree with? As the world turns, stay tuned ….


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