• Theo: We Do Things Different Than The Yankees

    Posted by on December 29th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    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.

    Comments on Theo: We Do Things Different Than The Yankees

    1. MJ
      December 30th, 2007 | 3:33 am

      Anytime the NYT writes stuff like this, just remember that they own 20% of the team so it’s as much about taking up column width on a slow news day as it is about boosting and promoting the in-house brand.

      I never read the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald so I can’t know for sure…but my guess is that those papers don’t often run features where Yankee executives are interviewed. It only shows you where the Times’ loyalty lies. It’s so disgusting and sad…

      As to the point of the article, everyone that knows baseball knows it’s total bullshit. Mainstream media is no longer about reporting facts or providing a full picture. It’s all about agenda-shoveling. In this case, the Times is on its crusade to paint the Yanks as the big, bad, steroids-taking monsters that everyone wants to believe they are.

    2. MJ
      December 30th, 2007 | 3:37 am

      PS – Funny that Theo is now spouting off Larry Lucchino’s trademark “little engine that could” nonsense. If this happened in NY, we’d be speculating that Larry was being marginalized because the little house-boy was stealing his lines.

    3. Raf
      December 30th, 2007 | 9:12 am

      Or it could be that they’re going after the hot team now…

    4. Rich
      December 30th, 2007 | 12:32 pm

      But for a few strange bounces and Torre’s inexplicable decision to use an already overworked Tom Gordon with a nine run lead in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, I wonder if we’d be talking about this.

    5. williamnyy
      December 31st, 2007 | 6:45 am

      Of course, this article also ignores that the Beckett deal was made during Theo’s self imposed gorilla suite exile. Also, according to most sources at the time, Epstein wouldn’t have made the Beckett deal if he was in charge. The pretense of the article was so ridiculous, that it’s only usefulness is as a source of amusement.

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