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SBD/June 14, 2012/Franchises
Cubs' Theo Epstein Sits For Wide-Ranging Interview On His Time With The Red Sox
Published June 14, 2012
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BACK TO BASICS: In an in-depth interview with Dan Shaughnessy of the BOSTON GLOBE, Epstein said, "We joked about it all the time in the front office. We’d say, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could just say, screw free agency altogether. We’re going with a purely home-grown lineup. We’re going with old-school, Branch Rickey-style, pre-free agency, pre-draft whatever?’" He added, "We kind of clung to that in the back of our minds, knowing it was impossible, recognizing that there was an inherent tension between that approach and bigger business. I kind of kick myself for letting my guard down and giving into it, because that might be a better team in some ways and resonate more with the fans than what we ended up with" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/14). In Boston, Eric Wilbur writes Epstein "gets it." Epstein "gets it more than anyone at the top of the Red Sox food chain will ever understand." Wilbur writes, "To the 'Fenway Sports Group' or whatever they call themselves now, they're part of a package that includes, of all things, LeBron James." Wilbur adds, "Today the Red Sox are terribly frightened about TV ratings and that stupid, idiotic, farcical, two-bit lie of a sellout streak, so they panicked and tossed money around" (BOSTON.com, 6/14).