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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Epstein (Theo)”

Roller Coaster

Like the season this game was a roller coaster. Just look at the win probability chart for the contest from Baseball Reference. The graphic from FanGraphs reverses the teams’ halves so it is condensed mirror image. Such are my thoughts about the impending trade of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. I truly thought acquiring Gonzalez would complement David Ortiz much as Manny Ramirez did. I wasn’t as keen on Crawford, thinking that a smart organization like the Rays must be sensing his decline, but in no way did I think he was at the end of his run. Beckett helped win 2007 and called Joba Chamberlain a c*** but seemed to have gone astray when Mike Lowell retired. Nick Punto was signed as a good veteran clubhouse presence, but see how well that worked out this season. After 2004 I remember grinning along with Ramirez as he said that the team has to turn the page after that success so that they could achieve more. He mimed the action making it all the more memorable. With Theo Epstein at the helm I thought there was a chance at a Belichickean dynasty. Epstein resigned...

Toppling of the Theocracy

Dear Chicago Cubs Fans, You are in for a treat with Theo Epstein signing a five-year deal with your club. One of the most outstanding general managers in the sport will be haunting the halls of 1060 West Addison soon, and I daresay that the ghosts of past doomed seasons will be dispelled soon. The Curse of the Billy Goat might be broken by Boston’s scapegoat. Not to entirely absolve Epstein of his accountability in the Red Sox historic September collapse. He shopped for the groceries and for most of the season constructed scrumptious dinners. He wasn’t completely his fault that John Lackey, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester opted for beer and fried chicken instead. For every free agent flop (Lackey, Julio Lugo, Edgar Renteria) there was draft day domination (Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson, Jonathan Papelbon, Clay Buchholz). Sadly, it has been said that Buchholz was on the fringes of the slacker starting pitcher clique. Don’t be too alarmed if he drafts an undersized infielder or a fringey outfielder. They might end up producing MVP-caliber numbers. Perhaps he’ll turn around his free agent acquisition record. I envy you the baseball mind that will lead your North...

Overhaul at Yawkey Way

Since 2003 John W. Henry and his off-field team has remade Fenway Park. After the colossal collapse this September on-field management has been the next feature to be renovated. The latest shocker out of 4 Yawkey Way was the unjust canning of first base coach Ron Johnson. Johnson was with the Red Sox organization for 12 years and the last two seasons was served as Terry Francona’s first base coach. Despite faithfully and dutifully fulfilling all that was required of him in the essential position… wait a second. What do first base coaches do anyway? They are responsible for the runner upon departure from the batter’s box until the time the runner leaves first? That’s it? This particular Ron Johnson doesn’t even appear on the Wikipedia disambiguation page for his name. With runners’ mishaps at third and home plate I thought Tim Bogar would be the next to go. Also, the rumblings about starting pitchers imbibing beers in the clubhouse would seem to jeopardize Curt Young’s employment. Meanwhile, Red Sox senior management and ownership are mulling over giving permission for the Cubs to recruit Theo Epstein....


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