Vindication

Theo Epstein must be happy. Other than for the obvious reasons, of course.

So far, each of his much-discussed, much-maligned moves has contributed mightily to the Sox’ situation — on the verge of winning their eighth straight World Series game.

J.D. Drew? Only helped change the course of the ALCS with a first-inning grand slam and has batted close to .400 since.

Daisuke Matsuzaka? Only won his last two starts, including Game 7 of the ALCS and last night’s excellent performance, in which Terry Francona said he had his best stuff in months.

Julio Lugo? Only saved multiple runs with two stellar defensive plays last night, and kept rallies going by reaching base three times.

Never mind that three of the most highly touted draft picks he’s made as general manager are all in the running for World Series MVP, and all are making the league minimum this year, helping to shatter the illusion (expressed this morning in the Denver Post) that the Red Sox are simply buying a championship.

It’s obviously a good day for Theo Epstein and the Red Sox today. Hopefully, tomorrow will be even better.

16 comments… add one

  • Don’t forget Tito, Theo’s manager of choice.

    SF October 28, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • The production of the lineup top to bottom has been amazing. Is there a single player batting below .300 in this series?
    In continuing the potential MVP candidates, I think there should be an MVP award for the entire playoffs, which of course would go to Beckett.
    This series has certainly been anticlimatic with the lack of competetiveness shown by the Rockies THUS FAR. It’s kind of nice, in a way, for long term fans who saw them go against the Cardinals in 1967 (101 wins, Gibson, Flood, Brock, etc), the Reds in ’75 (108 wins,one of the best teams ever), ’86 Mets (108 wins!!), even the ’04 Cards won 105 games, and of course numerous dominant Yankee teams.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • I am not thinking about the series MVP right now. I will leave that to when and if the Sox win the series.
    Why do people tempt fate this way?!

    SF October 28, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • “each of his much-discussed, much-maligned moves has contributed mightily to the Sox’ situation”
    Gagne?

    Ron Newman October 28, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • The Yanks have Wang, Cano, Melky, Hughes, Joba, etc. You think if they had won, they’ll shatter the illusion that the Yanks are just buying a championship?

    Lar October 28, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • If and when the sox win the world series they will have earned it fully. However, dont delude yourself into thinking that their financial position wasnt a major contributing factor in assembling this team. Yes they have rookies on the team but they also have a gigantic payroll that has allowed them to have some of the top players in the game. The first 3 items on your list were moves theo was able to move solely bc of the financial positio the team is in. Dont get me wrong, it shouldnt detract from what the team has done on the field and all you SFs should enjoy the moment. I certainly did when the yanks were there. But the money makes a difference…

    Sam-YF October 28, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • I am not blind enough to think the money hasnt helped our situation. Unfortunatly, all the media seems to want to say *glares at ESPN* is that we have all teh monies. No credit to the farm. Hell an article came out TODAY sayign that and last night was a god damn farm system showcase.
    I do think a certain someone should no longe rbe paid the min after this season. Its time to wrap Papelbon up good. Now.
    Also…
    WHY ISNT IT 830 YET?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • It’s funny (now) to think that without Gagne…this is probably a 100-win team in the regular season.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • Yeah, the moaning all over about the payroll (which is high and helpful, no doubt about it) seems funny in light of Ellsbury and Pedroia ripping everything up yesterday.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Ron, Gagne DID contintribute. If it wasn’t for his over all SUCK we may have won Game 2 of the ALCS and gone on to sweep THAT! Or won it in less than 7! Then they huge difference in time off between us and the Rockies wouldnt be in play and they’d be kicking our asses right now!
    See? I was a crafty play by Theo. Gange was so bad.. he was good!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • League minimum for 2007 is $380,000.
    *Papelbon makes $425K, it’s close but not the L.M.
    *Pedroia, MDC and Ellsbury make the L.M.
    *Jon Lester makes $384K.
    *Youkilis makes $424K.
    Still pretty impressive.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 28, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • // Why do people tempt fate this way?! //
    Because some of us agree with Stevie Wonder that superstition is not the way.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • It’s remarkable that Colorado is starting Aaron Cook tonight, who hasn’t pitched since August 10th.
    He may have been one of their more reliable pitchers during the season, but to come back into the highest-pressure situation imaginable after all that time seems especially difficult.
    But on the other hand, the Rockies need to throw up a few Hail Mary passes to come back from 3-0. And if they grab one tonight, they then have to go through Josh Beckett…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • It can’t be that high pressured. I mean, if he loses, no one will blame him, and if they win, they’ll give him credit, but might be moot so it wouldn’t matter anyhow..

    Lar October 28, 2007, 6:49 pm
  • Speaking (very carefully) of Series MVP, I thought if Matsuzaka hadn’t been taken out last night, he’d potentially have had a case for it, if the series ends up being as short as it’s heading for. I thought he could have worked out of that jam, which, if he had, could have put him in line for a very fine line score, on top of playing the RBI man. Given that it could be a toss-up among a good selection of players in the end, that seems as good a reason to vote as any.
    Terry probably did the right thing by taking him out, but I was disappointed that he did. What’s a 6-0 lead good for anyway if you can’t squirm out of a 2-on, 1-out situation?
    Just my very belated 2%.

    FenSheaParkway October 28, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • I also thought Tito’s hook was a little quick there…at least one more batter I’d have thought for Matsuzaka.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:31 pm

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