Found February 04, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Theo Epstein says he doesn't believe in curses. Good thing. He has taken on two of the bigger curses in professional sports. He licked the Curse of the Bambino in Boston. Now comes the Chicago Cubs and the curse of the Billy Goat, which has reached such epic proportions that the believers think that former Cubs players take the curse with them when they move on, like Bill Buckner and his defensive lapse against the New York Mets that cost Boston the 1986 World Series. "That challenge is part of the lure of the job," Epstein said upon his hiring. "It's an incredibly big challenge. But that's part of the fun. If it wasn't that, I certainly wouldn't be here." It's also why many others are no longer in Chicago. The Red Sox went 86 years -- from 1918 until 2004 -- without a world championship. The Cubs? They haven't won a world championship since claiming back-to-back titles in 1907-08. They have lost in seven World Series appearances s...

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#19: Is Jon Lester an elite starting pitcher?

Lester’s numbers from 2011 were down, but even before then, his best season was in 2010 when he was 19-9 with 225 strikeouts, a 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and .220 OBA. Those numbers weren’t even top-five worthy for 2011, so thinking that he could finish as a top five starting pitcher in 2012 just might be a pipe dream. Here are Lester’s stats for the last four years: Consider...

Why We Should Expect New York Yankees To Become Trade Partners With Chicago Cubs

We should expect to see some dealings and trades between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs over the next few years, now that former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein departed to take over as president of baseball operations in the Windy City. That means he is now free to conduct business with New York general manager Brian Cashman. When they worked for...

Curt Schilling Discusses 'Reckoning' Video Game, Rob Gronkowski's High Ankle Sprain, 2012 Red Sox and More (Video)

Curt Schilling knows a thing or two about ankle injuries. The former Red Sox pitcher helped end Boston's 86-year World Series drought by pitching with a bloody sock in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Now retired, Schilling has turned his attention to his video game company and the new title Reckoning. He took some time from promoting the game to chat about Rob Gronkowski...

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Bobby Valentine is impressed and it just doesn't have to do with the incredibly talented team he's now in charge of. The new Red Sox manager is also impressed with the team's fans. Randy Scott caught up with Valentine after the Red Sox Town Hall event, and Valentine spoke about how he remains impressed by how knowledgeable Sox fans. See more in the video above.

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The uneasiness around the Red Sox is understandable. With question marks at shortstop, in the rotation and in the outfield, apprehension is oozing over the outlook for the upcoming season. But don't panic yet. The blueprint is in place for the Red Sox. "We know that teams evolve," general manager Ben Cherington said. "That doesn't mean you don't want to...

Your Morning Dump... Where "options" still exist

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