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Wait, Theo Epstein had a stalker?

Oct 26, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

Theo Epstein AP

I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Peter Gammons is how he’ll be writing about topic A and then, in the course of it, he’ll drop some background factoid that completely blows your mind.

The best thing is that he doesn’t do it in a way that screams “check out this scoop!”  It’s so casual, as if everyone knew it already and he’s just giving it voice.  I really love it. Draws you inside in a way that those dudes who do backflips to show you just how inside they are can never touch.

He did it again today in his column about Theo Epstein’s departure from Boston.  Lots of conventional state-of-the-team stuff and then this:

There was a burnout factor in Epstein’s desire to leave, which he was going to do regardless after the 2012 season. It was as if he were stuck on an elevator between the ninth and 10th floors. His wife, Marie, and son, Jack, could not live normal lives. There often was an unmarked Brookline police cruiser at the end of his street because of a stalker and concerns about the family privacy.

I had never heard this before, that’s for sure. Not that anyone would publicize it, of course. But man, that’s just nuts.  The GM of a team gets a stalker?  A baseball team? Unbelievable.

People need help out there. There are nuts walking the streets all the time and we don’t realize that there are as many as there are.

  1. normb11 - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    He probably has at least 1 already here in Chicago.

    • foreverchipper10 - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      The coffee shop guy, duh!

  2. trevorb06 - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Craig, you’re just a blogger and you have a stalker. How else do you think FC knows about the bubble pipe and the lair?

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      Hey! Hey! Hey! I’m a professional. I PAY a guy to stalk him and report back to me.

      • kellyb9 - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        Jeeze, everything is getting outsourced these days….

  3. lovesmesomeme - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Just because I walked by his house alot, watched him walk his son to school and follow his wife to trader joes doesn’t mean I was stalking. I felt it was my duty as a sox fan to make sure everything was ok and nothing happened to them.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Popeye’s boxes and an empty 6-pack of Sam Adams were found in the bushes nearby. Clubhose in that old ballpark are very confining.

  5. skipperxc - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Bob Uecker had a stalker for years: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4862646. Some people, man.

  6. Old Gator - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Epstein had a stalker? Good grief, how many Beanbag Town sports journalists and bloggers are there? Only one?

  7. sportsdrenched.com - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Isn’t it ironic that Police are used to mitigate stalkers. Yet, the stalker song “I’ll Be Watching You” is sung by a guy who used to be in a band called The Police?

    • aaronmoreno - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Yeah, it’s like rain on your wedding day.

    • Joe - Oct 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Addendum:

      the stalker song “I’ll Be Watching You” is sung by a guy who used to be in a band called The Police, when he was still in that band?

      The song is called “Every Breath You Take” for those following along at home.

  8. thefrenchyconnection - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Guess the RS are going to have to interview a new PI since their current one was spotted a few too many times following the GM.

  9. SmackSaw - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Milton Bradley wants to play for the Red Sox?

  10. tuftsb - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Gammons also lives in Brookline and was the source for many Epstein articles over the years – did he just out himself as being Theo’s stalker?

  11. bklynbaseball - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    That’s the life of a sports professional in Boston. The people are myopic and maniacal. They live and die by the sports teams – especially the Red Sox. Wish someone would have told CC before he went there.

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