BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry paid a visit to the 98.5 The Sports Hub studios on Friday, joining hosts Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti to clear the air on everything Red Sox.
Of course, one of the hot topics was Theo Epstein, and whether he is or isn’t the Red Sox general manager at this point.
“As far as I know, he is still involved,” said Henry.
Reportedly, Epstein has accepted a five-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
“I really can’t go into (it),” said Henry. “There is a prohibition against announcements being made during the postseason in baseball. It would be unfair of me to the Cubs, who we don’t care that much about, but certainly to the Red Sox and to Theo and to the people involved, to comment on what’s going on until there is something to be announced.”
John Henry On Theo Epstein
While all signs point to Epstein leaving, Henry said the organization did everything they could to make sure he stayed.
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“I would love to have Theo back. I would have loved to have Theo as our general manager for the next 20 years. That would have been my hope. But you don’t always get what you want,” he said. “I did everything I could personally, so did Tom [Werner] and Larry [Lucchino], to make that happen.”
“The fact is, I think people don’t understand this, that being general manager in Boston, being manager in Boston, is a terrifically tough job.”