Fans of the Red Sox have asked if it is true that Theo Epstein’s grandfather wrote one of the most famous movies of all time, the beloved and timeless Casablanca.
Younger fans have asked, “Who’s Humphrey Bogart?”
The youngest fans have said they never watch black and white movies.
Yes, the most famous movie of Hollywood’s Golden Age may be forgotten faster than you can say, “I’m heading to the Chicago Cubs to win them a World Series.”
In its day Casablanca contributed some of the most famous lines of dialogue to movie history. What we didn’t know is that Julius Epstein’s grandson would find them appropriate as he finished up his tenure as the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox.
“Play it again, Larry,” is the famous line spoken by John Henry to Larry Lucchino after he saw the music video “Hell, Yeah, I Like Beer” as sung by the Red Sox starting pitchers.
“Is that my heart stopping, or is it another win by Tampa Bay?” spoken by Terry Francona.
“I’m shocked, shocked, shocked, to find beer in the clubhouse,” spoken by Larry Lucchino a month after the infamous and historic Red Sox collapse.
“I was willing to shoot Tito Francona, and I am willing to shoot you,” spoken by John Henry to Theo Epstein.
“Lackey, I told you never to play that tune again,” spoken by Francona to John Lackey after the clubhouse rang out with the lyrics of Kevin Fowler’s country-western masterpiece.
“I stick my neck out for no one,” spoken by Carl Crawford to his friends in Tampa Bay.
“Here’s looking at you, kid!” Spoken to Jacoby Ellsbury by Carl Crawford.
“The problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this world,” said by Terry Francona to David Ortiz.
“I came to Boston for the championships,” memorable quote from Adrian Gonzalez, “but I was misinformed.”
“I remember the day the Red Sox lost the wild card chance. The Yankees wore pinstripes, and the Tampa Bay Rays wore blue.” Said by all Red Sox fans.
“Of all the beer halls in all the world, why do the Red Sox drink at Fenway?” spoken by Larry Lucchino to John Henry.
"Round up the usual suspects," said by John Henry to media.
“We’ll always have 2004 and 2007,” spoken by Theo Epstein.
“Tito, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship,” Theo Epstein to Terry Francona as they leave Fenway Park forever.
William Russo's newest book is now out, ready for your tablet, your smartphone, your Kindle or Nook. Read RED SOX 2011: A WHIMSICAL AUTOPSY to find a month-by-month examination of the team, showing all the signs of trouble that most sports media missed. His other sports books are SEX, DRUGS, SPORTS & WHIMSY and RAJON RONDO: SUPERSTAR!