Access to Boston Globe archives

Access to Boston Globe archives reveals the following (I typed in as search criteria “bullpen by committee”): EVENHANDED APPROACH WORKS FOR EPSTEIN Published on April 20, 2003 Author(s): GORDON EDES “You writing something on Theo?” the Red Sox manager asked. “Are you going to write that he’s 29 years old? Think about this: Probably 95 percent of our kids over in Iraq are younger than him, and they’re getting shot at. “He’s doing a real good job, that’s all I can say.”HILLENBRAND GETS SAVE FOR SOX Published on April 16, 2003 Author(s): Gordon Edes, Globe Staff At the rate The Committee is losing its members, it might have difficulty attaining a quorum. While Shea Hillenbrand’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning – his fourth hit of the game – gave the Red Sox some emotional rescue in a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last night in Fenway Park, another Committee original, Bobby Howry, was optioned to Pawtucket – even before The Committee blew another late lead. LATE SHOW A HORROR FEST Published on April 16, 2003 Author(s): DAN SHAUGHNESSY Let’s look at the bright side: The Red Sox are going to sell a lot of hot dogs in the late innings. And the Sox are going to be a great lead-in for whatever programming follows the ballgame. If you are an advertiser buying time in Sox games, you should request that your ads run in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. No one’s going to turn off the broadcast this year. NO SIGNS OF RELIEF FROM FANS Published on April 12, 2003 Author(s): Marvin Pave, Globe Staff Their greeting wasn’t quite as nasty as the weather, but the message from the committee of Fenway fans to the bullpen by committee during Opening Day ceremonies was loud and clear. The introductions of “No. 43 Alan Embree, No. 44 Chad Fox, No. 46 Bob Howry, No. 50 Mike Timlin, [and] No. 55 Ramiro Mendoza” were accompanied by boos instead of cheers by fans who had a pretty good idea that because of the weather, it would be their only chance to vent about the bullpen’s woes. So let’s assess this admittedly brief sample. First article, two weeks in to the season, has the fans booing a bullpen that was horrid for the first two weeks of said season. Wow, that’s a shock (they weren’t booing Theo, were they?). Then Dan Shaughnessy articulates, two and a half weeks into the season that the late innings were a continuing boondoggle for the Sox over said two and a half weeks. Then an article notes that the bullpen, as designed, is being re-arranged (a fact, inarguable). Finally, an article appears by the Globe’s lead baseball columnist praising Theo for a job well done, noting the GM’s preternatural abilities. But you take a SPORTING NEWS column and then extend it to characterize all of Red Sox Nation. That’s a poor job of substantiation. In any case, the criticism Theo got for the BBC was deserved, as is the praise he is now getting for fixing the problem. I fail to see what is so surprising or confusing or two-faced about that. Has Benitez gone to your brain? Maybe I should issue a press release a la Big Stein, it could go something like this: “Red Sox followers act like normal, clear thinking fans, hit nail on the head with regards to criticism of original bullpen by committee idea, but praise Theo Epstein deservedly for a job well done improving a major weakness on team.” Hopefully my next press release will revolve around his finding a much-needed starter (your love for John Burkett notwithstanding). Can we move on now, maybe to an issue like why Jorge Posada is an overpaid, petulant mediocrity behind the plate?