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Theo Epstein thanks Boston with full-page newspaper ad

Oct 23, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

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Theo Epstein officially resigned from his post as Red Sox general manager on Friday to become the Cubs’ new president of baseball operations.

Compensation still has to be worked out between the Red Sox and Cubs, but the deal is basically done.

And Theo is now saying his goodbyes.

According to Carolyn Manno of, Epstein took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Boston Globe, thanking Red Sox fans and the Red Sox organization for “10 incredible years.”

Click here to view the ad in full.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of the Red Sox for the last decade and an honor to work alongside some of the most talented and dedicated people in baseball,” reads the ad. “I’m proud of all we accomplished together.”

  1. yankeesfanlen - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    No wonder Cashman is staying- Do you know how much a full page in the New York Times costs?

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      He could always take it out in the NY Post.

      That P.O.S. paper can only generate so much ad revenue from strip clubs.

      • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        Len – ROFL. Spoken like a true retailer.

        Aces: it certainly can’t generate it by almost printing celebrity tits.

    • lardman10 - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      theo eating seeds

      • permanantpresser - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        i agree

    • offseasonblues - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Good one, YFL. Kinda sums up the rivalry, doesn’t it?

  2. casey5jones - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Take notes, Lucchino.

    • JBerardi - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Don’t worry, I’m sure he’s updating some sort of Nixonian enemies list as we speak…

      • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        Is Lucchino the one who bought it at that invitation-only auction at Sotheby’s? How did he ever outbid Karl Rove?

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Very classy. I like it.

    • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      Very. And it makes his owner and all the other backstabbing “unnamed sources” look even more like the coterie of petulant, spiteful Beantown boobs that they are.

      • Kyle - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        Amen, Gator.

  4. mtm1321 - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    This is a classy move by Theo and nothing less should be expected from him. The red sox organization will miss him along with Francona. They have left big shoes to fill.

    • pisano - Oct 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      I’m not sure about Theo being missed, but they’ll have a hard time replacing Tito. The guy’s a players manager, and was the fall guy in Boston. I hope the best for him, a class guy all the way.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 23, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        There are a lot of mixed emotions regarding Theo, myself included.

        As either Henry or Lucchino said (ugh, I can’t believe I’m quoting them), there is a shelf life to the effectiveness of any GM within an organization (aside from Cashman, apparently).

        At some point, some fresh thinking and ideas need to take over. We’ll see how it plays out.

        Totally agree about Tito…great guy, but the same principle. He lost the ability to reach his entitled, spoiled players.

        As far as I’m concerned, though, he has nothing left to prove.

      • paperlions - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        Managers are just a lot easier to replace than GMs because GMs bring a LOT more to an organization and have a lot more responsibility. In this case, Theo shouldn’t be that hard to replace though because he was only one contributing member to the organizational philosophy, which won’t be changing.

  5. tuftsb - Oct 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    All of this phony drama has nothing to do with Theo Epstein as GM – it has to do with Theo Epstein wanting a higher rank or title in the organization. He would never be President/CEO in Boston, as the 2005 contract kerfuffle caused John Henry to make Theo do baseball operations only and Lucchino do baseball business only.

    Epstein had to move on to get what he wanted – and the Cubs are a perefect opportunity.

    As for Francona, a poor September and the apparent loss of clubhouse discipline (by veterans off all things) clinched his departure. And remember that John Henry was not returning messages from Francona for over a month during the demise.

    The eventual decision(s) to terminate Francona and agree to Epstein’s departure were made by John Henry.

  6. firedude7160 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:07 PM


    • firedude7160 - Oct 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM

      I just wanted to see the comments. wouldn’t let me see them unless I commented, and I had nothing of relevance to say.

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