Boy Blunder Mouths Off
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Chicago's 800-Pound Gorilla Is Creating a Monster

"You had the realities of being in a big market and being in a really competitive atmosphere and a place that wasn't that patient. Then, on top of that, we had the reality of what we came to call 'The Monster' -- which was what happened after we won in '04. There became such an emphasis in the Red Sox organization of doing things bigger, better -- pushing to be more marketable, more profitable, not to lose any fans, to keep pushing these numbers. It's perfectly understandable, and I don't blame anybody for it. It's sort of a natural consequence of winning and a natural consequence of being in business." -- Theo to Felger & Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub

King Cub Goes On a Media Rampage To Rewrite His Legacy in Boston
Blames Fans, Success, Business Factors If You Read Between the Lines
If Only Baseball Was Run By Socialists Instead of Bud Selig & Co.
Theo Expected to Sit Down with Oprah Next to Not Point Fingers
Epstein Talks 'Offseasons of Convenience' with Felger & Mazz
Theo Tells Dennis & Callahan: 'There Are No Villians Here'
Theo Does a Sit-Down with Dan Shaughnessy at Starbucks
Now Epstein Preaches Patience, Discipline to Cubs Fans
Theo's 90 Minutes with Herald on Free-Agent Fumbles
Alex Speier with Theo: How Success Bred a Monster
Photos: Theo's Worst, and Best, Red Sox Deals

"If I have a regret about the way we handled that (2009) offseason, it was that instead of being more patient and saying 'We'll strike when the time is right,' there was a lot of pressure in the environment at the time to do something. If I learned a lesson from the offseason it's never feel the need to do something. If you're trying to avoid one move that you donít think is going to work out, don't then settle for a different move that maybe doesn't check all the boxes. Be true to the philosophy and understand the bigger picture. There's always another day to fight, you don't have to get everything one in one offseason just because of what's going on in the environment around you." -- Theo Epstein on Felger & Mazz via ESPNBoston.com

"There were plenty of good things here, but plenty of challenges. I think by taking the approach we're taking, which is trying to be disciplined about focusing on the big picture, doing it the right way, understanding there are no shortcuts, getting out of that mindset of just spending a little bit more money on this veteran here and maybe piecing it together so if everything goes right you can contend, we're trying to get out of that mindset and trying to build it the right way around a young nucleus. Of course I knew it would be difficult." -- Theo Epstein to Cubs fans... if only he stuck to that philosophy in Boston


Get Ready for Plenty of 2011 Talk

Boston Dirt Dogs compilation
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It's Take a Walk Down Memory Lane Weekend
Thanks to Theo's PR World Tour

"In a way, Iíll never recover from September. I donít fully understand it. It was so disheartening." -- The former Boy Wonder to Dan Shaughnessy


Lumber Party

David Ortiz runs the bases after solo homer
(Mark Serota / Getty Images)

Sox Big Bats Leave Marlins Blue

Boston 10, Miami 2 | Now It's Time for Sox to Fish Or Cut Bait
That's Just Doubront Doing What He Do, No?
Maybe Lester Can Learn a Lesson Or Two About Composure from Felix
Whatever That Was That Gonzalez Did, We'll Take It
Winning: Punto Two Hits in One Inning
L'il Petey Had a Nice Little Game
David Is Goliath in the First Half

"I did? Is that a club out there? Let's go there now then." -- David Ortiz when told his homer landed in The Clevelander

"We needed that. Our pitching's been stepping up. We've been facing some good pitching the last week. It's crazy how that works. We've been working on that. We've been trying." -- More from the leader, and Theo's Best Free-Agent Signing, David Ortiz

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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