Re: The real story of Theo Epstien
posted at 10/18/2011 11:48 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The real story of Theo Epstien
[QUOTE]It's a simple matter of the HALO EFFECT Theo will be credited with ending Boston's drought and the Cubs fans are hopeful he can do the same HALO EFFECT because Duquette had more to do w/ 2004 and the Beckett/Lowell trade for 2007 had nothing to do w/ Theo (Beckett was by far the team MVP in 2007 and Lowell was a key contributor - perhaps the 3rd most important bat in the line up).....
Posted by andrewmitch[/QUOTE]
With all due respect to Duquette ... and I do give him a lot of kudos (Pedro, Manny and Papi are all part of his gifting tot he Red Sox, am I right?) Who can fault him for that? (PEDs excluded and Manny's last year thrown out) ... the fact remains, and this isn't to belittle Duquette, that the pieces did come together with Theo in charge (or in the gorilla suit, which opens another avenue to say he didn't do so much, I know) ...
I think it is fine to give Duquette credit .... I also personally hated his treatment of Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens at the time. I will admit, I was really ignorant of the Rocket's situation, totally sold by the sell job that SI gave him as the unlimate hard worker .... and in those days, I lived in a place where NO Red Sox news came except on the local, thin, sports page.
I still don't like what he did to Boggs.
But I will totally credit the vast amount of talent he helped acquire.
All that being said, Theo gets the credit for trading Nomah (I screamed at the tv when I heard that one) and bringing in OCab. That seemed to be the missing link. (Point made, craze, that Theo let him go and the Rentaria didn't work out - gave up on BOTH too soon, IMO)
Along with Schilling ... but that was preseason and OCab was half way (or more) through ...
Thus, Theo gets credit for winning. Duquette DIDN'T win ... even with all that talent. (Sweet lineup with Nomah, Papi and Manny .... whew!)
Maybe that is where we ruffle each others feathers. As we speak about how good one GM is, we somehow seem to cast dispersions on some others.
I think it really is a case of good, gooder and ... great that it all worked out even goodest ...