After winning two World Series and serving eight years, Theo Epstein discovered leaving Boston is not sweet sorrow.
The cold Red Sox announcement late on Friday night in October simply noted that “Mr. Epstein” would join the Cubs.
There were no thanks, but plenty of no thanks for Theo.
If you want to gauge how snippy the Red Sox ownership is, this is only the latest test of character they have failed miserably.
After years of good press and bonhomie, the principal owners of the Red Sox have emerged from the shadows of their Green Monster as less than stellar personalities.
They are vindictive, mean-spirited, and foolish.
They smear departing employees, have no gratitude for hard work and cannot recognize sloth on the field. They cower at bullies on the pitching staff and suck up to snide players who gain weight, refuse to play doubleheaders and laugh at the cheap bribes Mr. Henry gives them on his yacht.
This fall has been the fall of all-time for this Red Sox ownership who have ruined the team and set forth a nuclear winter of baseball that has not been seen hereabouts since the dark days of the early 1960s when Billy Herman and Pinky Higgins showed what jokes could be played at Fenway.
We fully expect the next ones out the door will be the owners themselves. Having saved Fenway Park from the wrecking ball, and energized it and the fans for most of the 21st century, they are leaving a legacy of horror in their wake.
The sellouts at Fenway are in the owners’ box, and they may not be found at the box office next season.
These owners should sell the team and leave unceremoniously. We only fear that their professed love for the Red Sox may be as hypocritical as their tenure.
What follows may be dark night after the long day. Woe to the Red Sox and their fans. We still have the Three Blind Mice.
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!