If the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians do indeed make the World Series, the Boston Red Sox will have a harsh reminder of the front office and on-field talent that once graced Fenway Park. Some of them were practically run out of town on a rail, while others were allowed to leave as free agents. Either way, there will be a lot of Sox ties to the 2016 Fall Classic. Podcast #48 touches on this an many other subjects.
Start at the top with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Terry Francona. Despite all the success, things got so toxic in the front office those two men saw the writing on the wall and ran for the hills. Let’s not forget that most of that young talent the Sox have now were drafted by Epstein. And Terry Francona is one of the best managers in baseball, in my opinion, and players love playing for him. I have no beef with the job John Farrell has done, by and large, but his buddy Francona is better.
Then there is the host of players that once wore a Red Sox uniform or were the team’s property: Cocoa Crisp, John Lackey, John Lester, Andrew Miller, Mike Napoli, Anthony Rizzo, and David Ross. Rizzo went to the Padres in the disastrous Adrian Gonzalez deal. I guess I can understand Miller being traded for Eduardo Rodriguez (though he has yet to be the stud the experts say he can be), but I would have loved to see Napoli, Lester and Ross stay.
Of course, it’s possible that the Dodgers might actually pull off the upset and keep the Cubs away from the World Series. Wouldn’t that be something?
Also in this Episode
- Who plays third for Boston next year?
- Is Hanley Ramirez the new Red Sox DH?
- Is the role of the closer changing in baseball?
- Bruce Bochy’s incredibly bad overmanaging.
- My pick for team of the week.
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