So many people are performing below our expectations and below our projections that this isn’t easy to fix. If this is the best that this pitching staff can pitch, then I really miscalculated and it’s time for changes.
This line, from a story in today’s Boston Herald, is just another example of why young Theo Epstein has gained the trust of a legion of Sox fans (the World Series title nothwithstanding). His bluntly articulated grasp of the current Sox’ woes tracks that of the fans’, and for this we are grateful (peruse the rest of the article for what kind of moves might happen). It’s rare to see a GM state the obvious: he messed up. It’s about time some other team architects, or at least team owners who proxy for their titular GMs, stood up and made the same proclamation. But, does anyone really expect those in the front office 180 miles to the south to ante up any kind of personal responsibility for the woes of their team? It’s clear that they’ll just leave it to the classy Joe Torre to twist in the wind and take the fall for the results of (what now look like) horribly drafted plans, not his own.