Found November 23, 2012 on NESN.com:
Forget what you know about the lore of the Boston Red Sox’ 2000s success. Even in the movie Moneyball, itself, the film’s post script contains a note that Boston won its 2004 world championship on the back of Billy Beane-like principles. Likewise, Theo Epstein has been trumpeted as a computer-geek wonderboy who played the Red Sox like a deck of cards and won two high-stakes hands in 2004 and 2007. This is mostly false. With players like J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis at the forefront, the 2007 team was closer to a Moneyball-eque squad. However, both championships were more the result of the Red Sox’ ability to buy premium, high-price talent like Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez and Josh Beckett. To be fair, a few shrewd acquisitions (David Ortiz, Jason Varitek) and developing talented players via the farm system (Dustin Pedroia, Jonathan Papelbon, Youkilis) had a hand in that success, as well. And while the Red Sox will always be a hybrid of high-price talent and minor le...
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