A few notes from today:
• Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin spoke to reporters in St. Louis about the reported interest the Red Sox have in him: “I’m flattered, but I don’t even want to think about that until this is over. I’m hoping that someone will at least give me an interview. It’s the top of the industry. There are only 30 jobs like it.”
• Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote a well-reasoned piece where he suggests the Red Sox call a news conference, say Theo Epstein is staying and get on with their business.
That seems to make a lot of sense. Get John Henry on the record to show fans (and the rest of baseball) that the Sox are moving forward.
• Here is what Cubs owner Tom Ricketts told Fox Business Network when asked whether Epstein was a candidate to become GM in Chicago: “I don’t know; there’s a lot of good candidates out there. We’re going to talk to a handful of them and I’m sure we’ll come up with the right fit for the team. Ultimately it will be the decision of myself and my family. Obviously we didn’t get it done on the field this year. It was a disappointing season for everyone, but, we’re going to get some new leadership.”
• Adrian Beltre has three home runs for Texas today in their clinching victory at Tampa Bay. Nobody at the time thought it was a bad idea to trade for Adrian Gonzalez, move Kevin Youkilis to third base and let Adrian Beltre walk away for draft picks.
But as Beltre and Victor Martinez play in the postseason, you realize just how good those guys were for the Sox and how players of their character would have helped the 2011 team.