Beantown’s Orwells

SF may be rationalizing away the loss of Theo as the Sox move into the crucial decision-making months a decapitated organization. ESPN’s Bill Simmons offers a less sanguine view in this nuanced review of the Theo departure. Especially concerning for Sox fans: the team’s “Orwellian” command over the Boston sports media, in particular the Globe and NESN.

Meanwhile, Yankee GM Brian Cashman is now controlling baseball operations to the extent that the team organizational meetings are in NY, and his attendance of the league-wide winter meetings is unquestioned. That’s good news, and as Steven Goldman points out on the Pinstripe Bible, even if Big Stein returns to form when the season begins, by that point key planning decisions will already have been faits accomplis.

11 comments… add one

  • Who said I was sanguine about Epstein’s departure? Not me.
    I am trying to be rational about the impact, though, whereas many Bostonians (and a number of Yankees fans as well) have concluded that the world is ending up there. I think that’s absurd, even though the Sox are clearly in a bad spot.
    Please, just once, can’t you represent my views accurately, YF?

    SF November 2, 2005, 10:56 am
  • Sox Fan, tell us,
    Why you Sox Fans are so jealous,
    Of Jeter and A-Rod and Mo,
    When you all won just one year ago.
    (sung to the tune of Tom Lehrer’s “Alma Mahler”)

    john yf November 2, 2005, 11:05 am
  • Sung to the tune of “My Hometown”:
    I remember Dan, the columnist on the corner, he
    Was always mean or orner-y,
    He was not swell.
    He killed his general manager and ground him up real well,
    And sprinkled just a bit
    Over each Globe-a-nana split.

    SF November 2, 2005, 11:17 am
  • Sung to the tune of Radiohead’s “In Limbo”:
    YF, do you think that with the new contract, Cash’s position has in any way truly changed? I mean, old dog, new tricks, and there’s no more ornery old dog than the Notorious G, as we all know. I’m certainly glad Brian’s back, but I find it hard to believe that George is just gonna suddenly pull a Well Mara and transmogrify into the hands-off benevolent provider. I feel for Cash every time I see him (the most tired and stressed and old beyond his years-looking man in NYC since Jeff Van Gundy), so I hope things do change–the greatest benefit of which would be that the Yanks will have a much better team next season–but I remain skeptical.

    Spidey November 2, 2005, 1:27 pm
  • Spidey, I just attempted singing your words to that Radiohead tune. Surprisingly it’s spot-on like that Pink Floyd-Wizard of Oz connection. Nice job.
    About the content of the lyrics. I think Steve Goldman and YF are right that, at the very least, Cashman’s new deal with mean he has power for the important winter and early spring months- the most important period of personnel change for the season. After that, you’d be right to be skeptical about whether George does stay hands-off.

    Nick November 2, 2005, 1:36 pm
  • Thanks for the support Nick. I’m not gonna argue with your assesment of Big Stein, Spidey, but let’s look at the facts: the team meetings ARE taking place in NY and Cash IS going to the league meeting. And, as “bad” as the CongratulationsGate Scandal was, by orders of magnitude it was a whole lot less troubling than in years past. So he’s clearly listening to Rosenberg. What this means for the future is anyone’s guess, and the record is definitely troubling, but it’s hard not to see the recent happenings as positive.

    YF November 2, 2005, 1:57 pm
  • No, no, I’m not trying to put the kibosh on the recent happenings, and I hope you guys are right in putting big value on the off-season changes. I mean, it’d be great to see what Cash can do with some semblance of real personnel control. So, okay, I’ll stick to the positive. Sing this to Radiohead’s “Optimistic.” :)
    ps – Bowa on WFAN right now, and he actually sounds really psyched to coach third base for the Bombers. I get the sense that he’s already rarin’ to go, which is good.

    Spidey November 2, 2005, 2:21 pm
  • I think Larry Bowa gets psyched up for a bad case of the runs. Isn’t he a famously energetic hothead?

    SF November 2, 2005, 2:55 pm
  • Yeah, Bowa, at least with the Phils, seemed to make news almost daily by blowing a gasket and alienating players/brass/press members/fans/indigenous fauna/etc. But that was as a manager, so maybe with the pressure taken slightly off with the move to 3B coach, he’ll chill, and not, like, get in Jorgie’s face when he doesn’t try to score from first on a dribbler through to right field. Here’s hoping he brings with him a great case of the runs.

    Spidey November 2, 2005, 4:18 pm
  • i’m a little confused, YF. one of the opening lines in bill simmons’ piece is “I thought Theo was overrated.” it was my perspective that simmons was the one rationalizing.

    beth November 2, 2005, 11:23 pm
  • Sung to the tune of M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-y Generation:
    Steinbrenner’s getting to be a tired old fart. He thinks about calling Cash, but decides to take a nap first, and then forgets what he was to do before the nap. So his son-in-law is taking over a lot of the responsibility, and he will be easier to deal with.
    Meanwhile, Lucchino is the new Steinbrenner.

    john yf November 3, 2005, 11:40 am

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