Thank You!

Congratulations, and thank you.

Thank you, first, to Theo Epstein, architect of two World Series titles in five years, and to the ownership group that gave him the money to do it. After years of the Red Sox crying poor, we should never forget the luxury we have of employing a competent general manager with the resources to put the team he wants on the field. Without question, he has put the best team there, twice.

Thank you to Terry Francona, the only manager in the 103-year history of the World Series to win his first eight games eight straight games. He was masterful in manipulating the lineup and bullpen, keeping the Red Sox on top, particularly as the Rockies came back in Games 3 and 4. The Sox trailed for only three of the final 63 innings they played against the Indians and Rockies, in large part because of Francona.

Thank you to Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, the team’s regular season MVPs and the MVPs of the ALCS and World Series. They came to Boston in the same trade, they both have had to answer questions about whether they could succeed in Boston. They can; they did.

Thank you to the youngsters — Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury. Add young veterans like Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and we could be seeing the first of several World Series under this core group.

It’s been a year to remember, for sure. From Mother’s Day to Clay Buchholz’s September masterpiece. From an outstanding April and May to a troubling June through to a fretful August and September. All wrongs are righted in the afterglow of a championship. Boston Red Sox, for the first time ever, you are division champions and world champions in the same season.

Thank you.

23 comments… add one

  • um torre and the yankees won 14 straight WS games. sorry paul.

    Sam-YF October 29, 2007, 11:22 am
  • What? No “thank you” to Eric Gagne? :)
    For me, the best decision down the stretch was the switch to Ellsbury. That took beachballs.
    And Tito deserves a hefty extension and pay raise.

    Pete October 29, 2007, 11:25 am
  • Paul, I don’t mean to pick nuggets to pick on, but the Red Sox aren’t in the world series, and dominating it the way they did without Lowell and Beckett, which had absolutely nothing to do with Theo…granted he put together the rest of it, but the true backbone of this team was Josh Beckett…
    A deal that in the light of the past two weeks, was nothing short of awesomely awesome, and would be made over and over again, every single time.
    Outside of that….Congrats everyone, and thanks for an awesome season.
    Last night, combined with the Yankee’s heading down the slope, make this boy a very, very happy person.

    Brad October 29, 2007, 11:26 am
  • Can’t disagree with you there, Brad! :)

    Pete October 29, 2007, 11:28 am
  • Mark my words A-Rod leaving will end up being the best thing that ever happened to the yankees in the long run. Maybe not next year but over the next 5. Remember seattle won 116 the year after he left!

    Sam-YF October 29, 2007, 11:31 am
  • All reports when Theo was gone were that deals made by the Sox occurred with his advice and, to some extent, his consent, Brad.
    Ah, good point, Sam. Should have said FIRST eight games in the World Series.

    Paul SF October 29, 2007, 11:36 am
  • I think that next season, the Red Sox that make the All-Star team should intentionally throw the all-star game so that the sox can finally clinch at home!

    Ric October 29, 2007, 11:40 am
  • Ha, Ric..
    Can we get an offical “A-Rod” needs NY and their huge market” apology from all of those who “knew” A-Rod wasn’t going to opt out..
    And on that note, and I’m sorry if it’s been talked about, which I’m sure it has, but what the hell was up with the timing…
    I love today. Really, I love today like no other day ever. It just keeps getting better.
    Someone at work left me cupcakes with the “B” on them.

    Anonymous October 29, 2007, 11:44 am
  • I’ve been getting congratulations at work all day :-D Love it…
    And a division without A-Rod in it only benefits the Red Sox. The Sox managed to win it all in 2007 AND improve their chances of repeating in 2008 in one day. Not bad!
    (Assuming the Yankees don’t reneg on their vows not to negotiate, which I’m still not sure I buy.)

    Paul SF October 29, 2007, 11:46 am
  • I don’t think you can be sure, Paul, about Theo and Beckett. Theo’s MO has been to hold onto the kids where ever possible (except, ahem, Gagne). And at the time I thought it was a big PR effort to move past the Theo era by making a splashy trade.
    What’s Mnookin say on the matter? He was there, wasn’t he?

    Pete October 29, 2007, 11:50 am
  • Can anyone get me a copy of the Globe? I’ll GLADLY pay shipping and what have you. Even a handling few! I jsut need a copy!
    my email is agastald SPLAT gmail DOT com
    thanks.

    Dionysus October 29, 2007, 12:14 pm
  • Thanks again Sox!!!

    Andy-SF October 29, 2007, 12:48 pm
  • Dion…
    I’ll take care of it for you if you’d like..I picked up the whole stack thismorning.
    Email me:
    topspot09@yahoo.com

    Brad October 29, 2007, 12:53 pm
  • I don’t want to get overly sappy here, but it’s truly a beautiful thing that Lester won the final game of the season. It’s poetic actually. Someone close to me is fighting and seemingly beating Cancer, and Lester’s victory means that much more as a result.

    Nick-YF October 29, 2007, 12:55 pm
  • So amazing. I’m thrilled and by and large speechless. What a team!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 29, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • I hate to say it, because their unprecedented run was impressive, but you can’t help thinking that either the Rockies’ presence in the Series was something of a fluke, or that the National League as a whole is even weaker than most assume.
    Cleveland gave Boston a much, much tougher time, and even then the Sox completely dominated their aces, Sabathia and Carmona. (The truth is that Boston never should have lost Game 2, leading to the seemingly obligatory come-from-behind ALCS win.)
    And surely the Yankees would have been a tougher opponent than any of the NL contenders.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Props to Bobby (formerly, who?) Kielty for delivering the game winner and icing Tino’s Manager of the Year cake.

    MAG October 29, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • You forgot the biggest thank you – thank you to Selig for not having the cajones to stand up to Steinbrenner and the union and get what every other sport in the universe has, a salary cap. Otherwise, your Boy Wonder doesn’t have a $143 million sandbox to play in.

    Fred October 29, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Congrats Sox Fans. Great year, great team.

    Andrews October 29, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • Wow, Fred, bitter much?

    Paul SF October 29, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • How can G-ARod possibly out-rumble Boston’s thunder? Not where it matters at least–over the sunny skies of Red Sox Nation, or Universe, according to Gene Wojciechowski. Personally, I’m pleased the Hot Stove has heated early. I know I was checking MLB Rumors the minute I got done basking in WS glory this morning. ARod’s ugly exit just reminds me how important it is to lock up Lowell and lock in to the NY/Boston rivalry ’08! Thanks for the reminder, Alex, and Sigh-onara!

    MAG October 29, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Great post. Man, teaching with a hangover this morning was…unpleasant. But SOOOOOOOO worth it

    bostondreamer October 29, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • In Theo We Trust!

    SoxMom October 29, 2007, 3:51 pm

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