Felger & Mazz: Former Sox GM Theo Epstein On Red Sox’ Struggles And Player Accountability

Theo Epstein, former Boston Red Sox general manager and current president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, joined Felger and Massarotti on Wednesday in advance of the two teams’ meeting this weekend in Chicago.

Theo let the guys know how things are going with Cubs and the differences between life in Chicago and Boston.

“It’s different,” Epstein said, saying he’s at a place with the Cubs that he felt he was at with the Red Sox in 2002 or so. “We’re at a different point in the evolution of this franchise. We’re having to start some things from the ground level and build up. It’s going to be a bit of a longer process.”

How would Theo explain the struggles going on with the Red Sox this season? For one, he said injuries are playing a major role. Regarding the high ERAs of “stars” like Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, Epstein said sometimes that just happens in baseball.

“If those guys are underperforming and there’s been regression, it’s a part of baseball,” Epstein said. “There are natural ups and downs over the course of a season and over the course of a career.”

Epstein said he’ll always feel a connection to the Red Sox, given that the team has always been a part of his life, and that he continues to root for the team (this weekend excluded).

“I’m always gonna pull for them and root hard for them,” he said.

Felger and Mazz also asked Theo about his role in last year’s historic collapse, and whether he regrets signing contracts like those belonging to John Lackey or Carl Crawford.

While he wouldn’t comment too specifically on Lackey, he did admit that he regretted feeling pressured to make a move when the move he hoped for didn’t work out.

“Some of the offseasons that we had were more offseasons of convenience — giving in to the need to be good next year,” Epstein explained, while bringing up the infamous “bridge year” talk from a few years back.

Epstein was asked for his one-word response to anyone who says he left the team “high and dry.”

“Look again,” he said with a laugh. “That’s two words, but look a little deeper. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. If you want to control that kind of narrative, then you don’t leave. If that’s important to you, then you don’t leave. You stay and try to shape it.”

Felger ends the discussion by offering a trade proposition of his own for Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/14/doubront-impresses-in-near-no-no-over-marlins/ Doubront Impresses In Near No-No Over Marlins « CBS Boston

    […] Felger & Mazz: Theo Epstein On Sox’ Struggles, Players Accountability […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/14/gresh-zo-theo-epstein-comments-on-the-monster/ Gresh & Zo: Theo Epstein Comments On The “Monster” « CBS Boston

    […] Felger & Mazz: Theo Epstein On Sox’ Struggles, Players Accountability […]

  • http://blogs.southcoasttoday.com/red-sox/2012/06/14/red-sox-game-63-sox-10-miami-2-reloaded/ Red Sox Game 63 (Sox 10, @Miami 2) Reloaded

    […] the off-day prior to the Sox facing Chicago. (Edit: He had a sitdown with WEEI this morning after a long stint on The Sports Hub on Wednesday afternoon.) There’s obviously any number of juicy quotes to […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/15/curtis-how-things-change-in-7-years-boston-red-sox-chicago-cubs/ Curtis: How Things Change In 7 Years Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs « CBS Boston

    […] as I sit here, once again off to Chicago, the then-boy genius is now the President of the Cubs calling everyone on his rolodex to defend his tenure as GM of the Sox.  The Sox are a collection of misfit parts run by a man who […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/15/roche-red-sox-jumped-the-shark-with-lackey-crawford-signings/ Red Sox 'Jumped The Shark' With John Lackey, Carl Crawford Signings « CBS Boston

    […] As we look back at his Boston tenure, the question of the week has been what made him leave? Or better yet, what went wrong? And much of that talk has focused on the 2009/10 offseason, when things started to go downhill. Theo feels that he and the baseball operations department collided with the business/marketing departments to maybe alter the present and future of the organization. READ: Theo Calls In To Felger & Mazz […]

  • http://www.sparxxrx.com/bleacher-report/why-john-lackeys-signing-triggered-the-downfall-of-the-boston-red-sox.html Why John Lackey’s Signing Triggered the Downfall of the Boston Red Sox | :: Sparxxrx LLC ::

    […] in June of this year, Epstein admitted in an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston that he and the rest of the team’s brass were very much feeling the heat after the […]

  • http://patbradley.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/the-team-that-wasnt/ The Team That Wasn’t « Blind Obedience

    […] an offseason full of turmoil and criticism for a lack of clubhouse chemistry, largely due to what Epstein hinted at as “business signings” (as opposed to baseball signings), the Red Sox went out and, […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Show
Download Weather App

Listen Live