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Some resolution on Theo Epstein’s situation should be coming shortly.
The Cubs already requested permission to speak to Epstein about their general manager opening, and there were signs out of Fenway Park [map] yesterday that all sides were working cooperatively and without rancor toward a solution.
Whether that meant granting Epstein permission to talk to the Cubs or promoting him/signing him to an extension to stay in Boston remains to be seen.
There’s no question the Cubs job holds some allure for Epstein. Those closest to him believe he’ll take the job, if it’s offered, though it’s by no means a sure thing.
The horrific finish to 2011, however, has at least given Epstein some pause. The last thing he wants is to give the appearance of fleeing a sinking ship, though truth be told, the Sox are in good shape moving forward, thanks to a nucleus that includes Dustin Pedroia [stats], Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury [stats], Daniel Bard and Jon Lester [stats].
Herald - Theo Epstein resolution draws near
Tomase ends the article by stating that we should know more about the situation today.
I hope that means that we either find out if he's going to pursue the Cubs gig, or if he's going to stick it out in Boston. Everything is virtually on hold until we know who our 2012 GM is going to be.
We won't be able to have a meaningful managerial search. Tito's still-remaining staff's future hangs in the balance. Although a new manager will most likely want to bring in his own crew (unless the Sox hire within). Either way, let's hope we don't see Curt Young hanging around the bullpen ever again.
I've written about the Epstein situation several times, so my feelings on the situation are well known.
If Theo is going to go after the Cubs gig, it's in everyone's interest that that it gets done quickly. The Cubs can get their GM and they can start putting their 2012 plan in place. The Red Sox can start looking for Theo's successor, and in turn a manager. Everyone wins.
Except the Yankees... which brings me to Page 2.
As it was last year against the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series, the final out came with Alex Rodriguez striking out. This time, it was against Tigers closer Jose Valverde, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, making good on half the prediction he made after Game 2 when he said the Tigers would win the series in four games.
“We had the guy we wanted there,” Yankes right fielder Nick Swisher said. “With all the smack he was talking, we wanted to get to him. But we didn’t get the job done, and he gets to celebrate. It’s tough, man, it’s tough.”
In fact the Tigers became the first opposing team to celebrate on the field at the new Yankee Stadium, their whoops and shouts easily heard above the sound of the fans shuffling toward the exits.
“It’s an empty feeling,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that room. It hurts. We’ve just got to remember that feeling and be determined for next year.”
NY Times - Yankees Exit October, as Tigers Prevail in Decisive Game 5
You know what? I don't really have anything to add.
If you need me, I'm just going to be sitting here with a smug grin on my face. Staring at dejected A-Rod. Mr. April.
Rest of the links:
CSNNE - In the crosshairs | Castro to the Sox? Don't hold your breath | Source: Sveum on Sox' list of managerial candidates | Herald - David Ortiz, Jason Varitek in question | Globe - Globe 10.0 - Do Sox fans deserve an explanation? | John Henry says injuries, nutrition played part in Red Sox collapse | WEEI - From Billy Beane to Theo Epstein, life comes full circle for Red Sox | Tito, ChiSox didn't talk before Ventura hire | Henry: 'Theo is not going to be GM forever' | NESN - Chicago Tribune Columnist Asks Cubs Fans If They Would Trade Starlin Castro for Theo Epstein