There are many who point to Theo and consider him overrated or just lucky. Â I am not one of those people. Â The man who had a giant hand in 2004 and 2007 will always get my respect. Â (Even when, as above, he dresses like an extra from a Nirvana video.)
I grew up in eras where the fans hated the General Manager. Â I grew up hearing my father yell “He has no idea what he’s doing!” in the face of ridiculous trades or free agents who weren’t signed. Â In 2004, the day Nomar Garciaparra was traded, my father watched Theo’s press conference and said “He looks like he’s sick about it. Â I sure hope he knows what he’s doing.” Â I don’t know why my father gave him the benefit of the doubt but he did. Â Most of us did and it worked out perfectly. Â (I also know the decisions of Dan Duquette played a large part in the ’04 championship. Â I also know he had 8 years to put together a World Series team and even with the likes of Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez, couldn’t do it.)
Theo isn’t like John Henry or Larry Luchhino or Tom Werner. Â He doesn’t try to connect with the fans on an emotional level. Â This used to bother me but, ultimately, I think it’s probably for the best. Â He doesn’t have the emotional attachments we all do to cloud his judgment and that has helped the team more than it has hurt it. Â Sure there have been some bad results, no one is perfect, but I think looking at the big picture the good outweighs the bad mightily.
So happy birthday to Theo Epstein. Â And thanks, again, for knowing what to do with John Henry’s money.
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