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What Would John Do (to Get Theo Back)?
Would He Put Larry in a Corner (Office)?
Would He Ask Dr. Steinberg to Make Some Other Appointments?
Would He Pull the Plug on 'Tessie,' Sod, and Red Sox Nation Cards?
Would He Give Theo Carte Blanche to Rebuild the Red Sox?
Roche to John Henry: 'Make Things Right with Theo'
"I am asking you to do one thing. Invite Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Theo Epstein, and Charles Steinberg down to your home in Florida. I want you to all "air out" your feelings about what happened and how things fell apart. Don't hold anything back. Promise each other that there will be "better and more open lines of communication" within the front office. Make sure all of you... from John all the way down to the baseball operations personnel, manager, and players are on the same page and are there for each other. Get it all off of your chests. Put your egos aside. Say what you need to say to each other, swallow your pride... and then fix it." -- 11.16, CBS4's Dan Roche, Hit and Run Blog
Wilbur: A General Refusal
"Imagine the job listing for this one: "Run the Boston Red Sox! Must possess passion for baseball, capitalism. Duties include revitalization of city streets and possibly minor leagues. Must have a cunning knack of dealing with know-it-all columnists, scathing talk radio, and fickle public as well as a willingness to succeed in a fromage-filled environment where finding the next 'Tessie' is just as important as finding the next 'Rocket.' This job requires that you fire your agent so we can lowball you with an offer far short of what the last guy had tried to squeeze out of us." -- 11.16, Eric Wilbur, Boston Sports Blog
"First Epstein leaves Fenway Park dressed in a gorilla suit. Now the Sox can’t even find a monkey to take this job. All of this looks very, very bad for Sox president Larry Lucchino, owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner, whose offseason is rapidly going from bad to worse. Sox officials have attempted to offer some explanation for the debacle that was the Epstein negotiation, but there are still questions that remain unanswered: Why did they let it come to this? Why did they wait until the 11th hour to address Epstein’s contract and turn the start of this offseason into an elementary school fire drill?" -- 11.16, Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald