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Theo's initial comments

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 1, 2008 03:52 PM

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Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein addressed the media concerning yesterday's trade of Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.

"I think it puts us in a good position going forward from a baseball standpoint, and also from the position of standing for something as an organization," said Epstein. The Red Sox GM said that the team today held a meeting with the 25 players on the roster, and that the Red Sox now "feel like a team for the first time in a while."

"There was an environment that was not conducive to winning surrounding this club," said Epstein. "We wanted to change that if we could. We also wanted to make a good baseball trade."

A couple more quotes from Epstein:

  • ”There was going to be a time when we had somebody other than Manny Ramirez in left field. And realistically that probably was going to be in 2009.”

  • "I don’t think it’s fair to look back and comment on why Manny was unhappy."

  • "I don’t think we made this trade specifically because of what happened last week. It’s a longer story than that."

  • "He had a remarkable run here. He’s one of the best righthanded hitters in history. His numbers speak for themselves. He was a key part of two World Series teams. No one can ever take that away from him."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked if he had achieved some “mental peace” now that Ramirez had been traded.

"Mental peace?” Francona asked. “Are you quoting Manny? Look. When we win games, we feel better.”

Much more to come from the Globe's Gordon Edes.

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