From the Times -
“If someone wants to compare us to the Yankees based on winning and results, that’s an incredible standard,” said [Theo] Epstein, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. “If they want to compare us to the Yankees in how we do things, that’s a little off base.”
This notion that “homegrown players contributed directly to the [Red Sox] title” (as the Times reports to back up Epsetin) is a hoot.
Yes, Papelbon, Pedroia and Youkilis were a big part of the team. And, yes, prospects brought the team Lowell and Beckett.
However, it was money that allowed the Red Sox to take on Lowell and Beckett. And, it was money that brought the Red Sox Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp and Julio Lugo – and, Matsuzaka and Okajima too.
I give the Red Sox all the credit in the world for finding David Oritz and Tim Wakefield, like they did, when anyone could have went after them.
But, again, when the Times claims that “the way Epstein and his staff made decisions propelled the Red Sox to their second championship in four seasons,” they make it sound as if spending huge amounts of cash had little to do with it. And, that’s just not true.