• George M. Nostradamus III

    Posted by on October 31st, 2005 · Comments (5)

    And I thought the Sparky Lyle “From Cy Young to Sayonara” move was an unbeatable record. Go figure.

    From Messiah to ‘Bye ya’
    – now takes the top spot in the baseball one-eighty department.

    So, unless he pulls a Ken Macha, Theo Epstein is no longer with the Boston Red Sox. And, we have Larry Lucchino to thank for it.

    Big Stein warned them about Larry. Remember when he said (just about three years ago):

    I’ve learned this about Lucchino: he’s baseball’s foremost chameleon of all time. He changes colors depending on where’s he’s standing. He’s been at Baltimore and he deserted them there, and then went out to San Diego, and look at what trouble they’re in out there. When he was in San Diego, he was a big man for the small markets. Now he’s in Boston and he’s for the big markets. He’s not the kind of guy you want to have in your foxhole. He’s running the team behind John Henry’s back. I warned John it would happen, told him, “Just be careful.” He talks out of both sides of his mouth. He has trouble talking out of the front of it.

    Edward G. Robinson’s voice is echoing in Fenway Park this evening. And, it’s saying “Where’s your messiah now?”

    Throw in the Josh Byrnes and Mike Port moves and all of a sudden there’s a whole lot of empty desks in the Boston Front Office.

    It’s damn hard work to make that Boston Schlemiels label stick, I guess. And, if you have to shed some blood in the process, so what if organizational directory starts looking like a Schilling ALCS sock, I suppose.

    I wonder if Bill James should give Brian Cashman a call in the next day or two?

    Comments on George M. Nostradamus III

    1. MJ
      November 1st, 2005 | 8:05 am

      I still think Theo got too much credit. It’s been well-documented that a combination of Yankee tomfoolery and divine intervention saved Theo from making some horrendous mistakes. He’s a good GM but he’s not quite a savior in my opinion.

      That being said, anything that makes Bostonians unhappy is A-OK in my book. May they have the worst winter ever and may Damon and Manny end up on the Dodgers and Royals, respectively.

    2. DFLNJ
      November 1st, 2005 | 8:37 am

      That being said, anything that makes Bostonians unhappy is A-OK in my book.

      This I think is the key here. I agree, Theo was a little overrated. But, there is much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth in the Nation today, so let’s all just bask in it for the day.

    3. rbj
      November 1st, 2005 | 9:35 am

      And let’s not forget that Manny is unhappy and wants to be traded (and on an unrelated note, the sun rose in the east this morning.)
      While the Yankees have some things to do this winter, CF, bullpen, bench, catcher, they at least know what needs to be done and have a FO ready to do it. Boston is in turmoil; who’s going to do the wheeling & dealing and for what parts.
      Tee hee.

    4. JohnnyC
      November 1st, 2005 | 10:22 am

      As I’ve noted on several occasions, Lucchino, the key link to Selig that “gave” the Red Sox to the Henry/Werner group, is baseball’s hatchet man, from Baltimore to San Diego to Boston. His work though only half-done in Beantown (WS, yes, new taxpayer-financed ballpark, no), Lucchino has already, I’m sure, embarked on his exit strategy. With the value of the franchise at an all-time high, look for all parties to sell, possibly by 2007. Lucchino will probably already be in Washington, supervising the construction of the DC Taxpayers Dome, while, of course, Bud Selig figures out how to stock the team with enough talent to win a WS. Maybe he can exploit the farm system: Florida, Boston, Arizona, Milwaukee, Japan.

    5. Jason O.
      November 1st, 2005 | 10:24 am

      Red Sox fans need to dial down the romanticism. BJ Ryan, Urbina and Kyle Farnsworth next year make Epstein a forgotten man.

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