Last week, I thought about jotting down some comments on Tedy Bruschi’s return to the Patriots following his stroke last February. Bruschi has long been one of my favorite Patriots (and I think that can be said about a lot of Pats fans, or at least those not swooning over Tom Brady and his offseason stroke had an emotional impact on a lot of people.
I didn’t get around to writing anything that day because I was swamped for time (three exams, two case studies, and a very-belated ATPM article). Of course, I also couldn’t think of words to explain exactly how if felt to see Bruschi healthy enough to play the game he loves. I’m glad the Pats won on Sunday night, but my concern for the outcome was a distant second to the sheer joy of seeing Bruschi careening all over the field.
Yesterday, I had the TV on in the background while I was finishing up one of my case studies. The football guys on ESPN were lauding Bruschi (which, by the way, is a complete 180 from what they were doing last week) and I was enjoying it. Then, something on the info ticker caught my eye.
“Theo Epstein resigns…”
WHAT?!? Just hours earlier, I’d read in the Boston Globe it was a done deal. WTF?!?
You’ll notice there’s no link to the Globe article. Even though I have nothing against Chris Snow and Gordon Edes, I’m not in the mood to send their bosses any eyeballs.
From what it sounds like, the dynamic duo of Larry Lucchino and Dan Shaughnessy succeeded in driving Boston’s most successful General Manager in the last 90 years out of his dream job.
From Michael Silverman at the Boston Herald (look, a link!):
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.
Who wrote the article that poisoned the well? Our very own Curly Haired Boyfriend, Dan Shaughnessy.
Sheriff Sully does a masterful job of assigning blame. Here’s one of many choice quotes:
Only one man on this planet could’ve given Shaughnessy the information he had. The way in which Shaughnessy presented it was nothing short of sickening. He defended the Sox and Lucchino no less than a dozen times. Bob Ryan would’ve resigned before writing that bogus crap and the Globe knows that. However, Lucchino more than likely didn’t even bother going through channels and just called Shaughnessy himself.
Oh, sorry, we haven’t mentioned this and everyone should be privy to this information. Last year, Shaughnessy asked the second-highest ranking Sox official, Tom Werner, to give his daughter an internship with his production company in Los Angeles. Werner complied.
So when Lucchino – the Sox President and CEO — calls for a favor, let’s just say Shaughnessy owes him.
I’ve never been comfortable with the fact the New York Times, the Globe’s parent company, owns a significant portion of the Red Sox. I didn’t like it when the then-new ownership group took over almost 4 years ago and I definitely don’t like it now. However, I accepted it. I can’t do that anymore.
This is easily the most disgusted I’ve been with the Red Sox since the disgraceful actions of seemingly everybody involved with the team in the aftermath of 9/11. Of course, I don’t think that feeling of disgust will ever be topped.
One of the brightest young men in baseball made the decision that his integrity was worth more than whatever money he was being offered to work for a backstabbing schmuck. Good for Theo. Of course, Red Sox fans are stuck with the two asshats who collaborated on this disaster.
Maybe this will be the thing that will finally get Shaughnessy run out of town. Maybe Lucchino with him. Since I’m not able to watch Theo rebuild the Red Sox and bring home another title, this’ll give me something to pull for during the winter months.
Good luck, Theo. Welcome back, Tedy — with the level of vitrol being aimed at the Sox front office, you could own the town by Thanksgiving.
Hm. I was wondering when Bill Simmons would chime in:
As for the Red Sox, they have shamed themselves beyond belief, with the Shaughnessy column being the final straw. The same guys who brought Boston a World Series also formed an Orwellian media conglomerate in which they control all the information in the city’s most important newspaper, as well as the TV and radio stations that carry the games. Just about every Red Sox-related scoop is directed to one of those three outlets, with Boston Herald writers repeatedly complaining about the unfairness of it all. In particular, the Epstein coverage was appallingly one-sided from the Globe’s side — culminating in Shaughnessy’s incredible column, to the point that Red Sox fans have to question the credibility of anything they read in what used to be a sports section that meant something. It was telling that, on the same day that Theo announced his resignation, Monday’s Globe contained a story reporting that he had signed for three years.