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Thursday, November 28, 2002

The Era of Theo

The Sox have finally decided on a general manager, and it's Theo Epstein. It all makes
sense now. They tried for J.P. Ricchardi and were turned down. They tried for Billy
Beane and were turned down. Mike Port was the people's choice candidate, but apparently
they didn't think he'd have the vision of a new era. They apparently interviewed a
number of other candidates, and decided Epstein was the future, and the future is now.

No one is criticizing Epstein's smarts. It's all his age. How can someone 28 years old
get the respect of the players? How come he didn't have to spend years moving up the
ranks? A lot of open questions. We're all looking forward to rebuilding the minor
league system, no more foolish free agent signings, and no more rifts between the players
and management ala Duquette. But the first snafu, we'll all be ready to pounce on the 28
year old Epstein.