Found March 04, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
For those of you who who unaware, it has been a while since the Cubs won a World Series. The same was true of the Red Sox when Theo Epstein took over as general manager 10 years ago. Epstein helped break a life-long drought for the fans of Boston, and the Chicago faithful are hoping he can do the same for them. One of the ways Theo believes the Cubs will be able to achieve their goals is to ignore the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein said at the Cubs convention according to the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. … The approach we’re going to have is the opposite of laissez faire. We’re not just going to say, ‘Oh, that’s the way it is. This is Chicago. Boys will be boys. I’m sure they’re going to get enough sleep and I’m sure they’ll show up the next day ready to play.’ “That’s a failure on the organization’s part. We have to take a very proactive approach in setting a high standard.”

Theo Epstein setting new nightlife standard for Cubs

Theo Epstein has a tall task ahead of him in reestablishing the Cubs’ image as a respectable baseball team, and apparently that starts with emphasis on a good night’s sleep. Saying that the “organization will no longer tolerate players who enjoy the nightlife at the expense of getting a good night’s sleep,” Epstein seems committed to making whatever changes necessary to...

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Red Sox P Matsuzaka targeting June return

Boston Red Sox righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka is hoping to return to the mound in June. Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2011, had a strong bullpen session Sunday, throwing hard and using his secondary pitches. The 31-year-old Matsuzaka, who is entering the final year of his contract with Boston, finished 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games - seven starts - last...

Beckett is sharp in spring debut, Red Sox win

Josh Beckett pitched two scoreless innings and Lars Anderson hit a grand slam, leading manager Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over a Minnesota Twins split squad in their spring training opener Sunday. Beckett gave up one hit with two strikeouts for Boston, which beat Northeastern 25-0 and Boston College 6-3 Saturday in exhibition games. Left-hander Francisco...

Red Sox 5x5 2012 Prospect Rankings

The Red Sox minor league talent is spread across all levels. It was a toss up for the top spot between a big league ready bat that will likely open the year in Triple-A, and an exciting power hitting infielder that is a few years away. If your preference if for hitters, enjoy the Red Sox organizational top five, as not a single pitcher can be found. Top 5 fantasy baseball...

Top 20 Red Sox Prospects: #16 Drake Britton

Drake Britton was the Red Sox 23rd round draft pick in 2007 and he ended up signing for $700,000. He flew under the radar for a few years before having a breakout season in 2010. He went 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He had a stellar 3.39 K/BB ratio and struck out 9.3 batters in 9 innings. Needless to say the Red Sox had high hopes for Britton going in the 2011 season. They...

Aaron Cook Looks to Revive Career in Boston With Former Pitching Coach Bob McClure

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Aaron Cook sees the reminder every day. As he walks into the Red Sox clubhouse, the right-hander can't dodge the sight of the 2007 World Series banner draped over his side of the room. As a pitcher for the Rockies back then, Cook -- who was tabbed with the loss in the deciding Game 4 -- finished on the wrong side of history. Nearly five years removed from...

David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis Give Unique View of Batting Practice From Atop Green Monster (Video)

One unforeseen bonus of creating a replica of Fenway Park at the new JetBlue Park is that it creates unique views for spring training batting practice. With a video camera perched atop the Green Monster at Fenway South, NESN provided a look at batting practice from a different perspective. David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis showed off their swings Friday. Check out batting...

Sox beat up on the Huskies

AP-FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cody Ross hit two homers and Adrian Gonzalez connected for another of the Red Sox's five home runs in a 25-0 victory over Northeastern in their first game of a doubleheader against Boston-area college teams Saturday. Ross had a solo shot to lead off the second inning and a grand slam in the fourth. Gonzalez hit a three-run shot in the second. Che...

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