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.