If there was still any doubt about whether or not Theo’s choice to depart the Red Sox organization centered on the issue of power (and not money), then this article, if it can be trusted, should clear things up.* Theo apparently is looking for money and a bigger title (and we’re not talking about championships of the universe instead of just the world, but rather the things that go under your name on business cards). Can there be any question that Theo has an ego as large as Larry’s? This isn’t meant as Theo backlash, but it certainly does seem fair to admit that Theo’s ambitions were part of this whole ordeal, and that his (very serious) demands for control (and, perhaps, stake) were simply not commensurate with either his experience or the organization’s goals, fiscally or developmentally. The Epstein exodus may have been avoidable, no doubt, but to deny that Theo’s esurient vision of his own career arc was not a major factor would be myopic, at best.
* How sad is it that, after the Globe’s reporting fiasco last week, I have to qualify just about anything I read in the papers with this "if it is to be trusted" disclaimer. I think I will just stick to getting my news from Deadspin.