Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Picking Up His Toys And Going Home: Theo Epstein

Boy Wonder Leaves Batman -- Larry Lucchino

I tell you, these kids nowadays....they don't know how good they have it.

Theo Epstein, 31 and still a baby for goodness sakes, has stepped down as GM of the Boston Red Sox, and says he might leave baseball altogether -- at least for a year.

In the process, Theo turned down a reported offer of about $1.5 million a year for a three-year extension.

"I gave my entire heart and soul to the organization," Epstein said in a statement. "During the process leading up to today's decision, I came to the conclusion that I can no longer do so."

What in the world is going on in Theo's...world, that he can no longer, at age 31, give his heart and soul to his hometown team? And not only that, consider walking away from baseball entirely?

If Theo Epstein knows of a vocation at which he can make as much dough as being the Red Sox' GM, enough so that he might quite baseball cold turkey, then I'm dying to find out what it is.

Maybe he's going to be the next James Bond. Or maybe he's taking over Howard Stern's spot on the radio. Maybe Letterman's retiring, and we don't know it yet.

If it's not one of the above, then I can't for the life of me figure out what has turned Theo off to the Red Sox and baseball so.

Well, it might be the office politics and supposed "breach of trust" -- words used by published reports -- that ensued between Epstein and his boss, team president Larry Lucchino, also Theo's mentor. That might be enough, I suppose, to drive someone out the front door. Who knows.

What I do know is Theo Epstein is 31, rich, and should be able to get much richer, if he stays with the girl he brought to the dance: baseball. But you know these young folks -- they say and do things for shock value and in a knee-jerk fashion.

Frankly, if that turns out to be Theo Epstein's final job in baseball, then I'll scrape the paint off the Green Monster with a razor blade. He's coming back -- maybe after his supposed one year hiatus -- and will pretty much be able to name his price and his working conditions. Boy GM's who win World Series' are like that, you know.

Ahhh, to be young and carefree again.....

1 comment:

Ian C. said...

I wonder if this is a testament to the pressure cooker that is Red Sox baseball? Sure, you can "Theo, you're young, you can take it." But have you ever seen pictures of Brian Cashman? Dude looks like walking death. Maybe he didn't want that to happen to him.

And though no other GM job will have the resources ($$$) he had in Boston, there are a couple of intriguing positions available now: L.A. (isn't McCourt is a Boston guy?, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay.