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Report: Theo was the one who leaked Boston’s dirty laundry last month

Nov 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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Of course you remember the Boston Globe report from last month in which the beer and fried chicken thing — not to mention Terry Francona’s divorce and pain medication issues — came to light.  Since it came out people have been saying that it was a “front office leak,” and have been blaming ownership for it all.

However, a couple of Boston radio hosts — 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak — report that  “multiple sources” have said that it was Theo Epstein who did the leaking.

Now, because the Globe’s Bob Hohler is a decent journalist, it’s exceedingly unlikely that he told those guys who his source was.  Which means that — and here’s where we go all “Inception” on you people — it was likely the Red Sox front office who leaked to Gresh and Zolak who the leaker was.

Which means that the people telling these radio hosts this about Epstein are slamming a guy who just left in an effort to make it clear that the Red Sox front office is not in the business of slamming people who just left.

Got that?

  1. lardin - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    First it was Nomar, then it was Pedro and then Manny, then Johnny Damon, then Francona and now Epstein. No wonder the Sox can find a manager. Who wants to have their reputation trashed when they are done working? Money talks, but dont be surprised when FA’s dont want to go to Boston anymore. Maybe there is a reason they overpaid for Lackey and Crawford. Maybe its the only way those players would come to the Red Sox?

    • bigharold - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      “Maybe its the only way those players would come to the Red Sox?”

      Ah, they used to say that about the Yankees too. I won’t put too much stock in that notion.

      The real issues is that there has been one story after another and all of which are trying to rationalize or lay blame as to why the RS flopped in September. At this juncture who cares? And, while every story has an embarrassing aspect to it, none of those aspects are superseded by the low rent junior high school manner in which they are revealed. In the current PR war the RS have lost EVERY skirmish. The only thing worse than September’s nose dive has been the profoundly lame attempt at damage control that followed.

      Pick a manager, accept the compensation for Epstein and put last season in the in the past. Start looking forward. If the RS want to stop dealing with this BS and rebuild their image they need to shut up and conduct baseball business and forget damage control.

    • psousa1 - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM


      Nomar. Oh god.

      AND THE F-ING LEAK ALWAYS WAS EPSTEIN!!!!! THE BOSTON WRITERS BELIEVE HE IS A PRINCE WHO CAN DO NO FUCKING WRONG. HE SINGED CARL CRAWFORD AND HE SAID(BEFORET THE SEASON WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE A GREAT SIGNING) HE WANTED HIM AND MADE HIS CASE TO OWNERSHIP ABOUT SIGNING HIM. SOON AS CARL FINISHED UP AT .250 IT WAS “WELL IT WAS OWNERSHIP, NOT THEO WHO WANTED HIM” Good riddance Epstein and take your assistant GM Peter Gammons with you. New York Yankees, St. Louis and Boston have the best friggin ownerships in Baseball! They will do anything for their team. When you have a political rat like Epstein, who wants it to be about him (same guy who has said that the outcome of a game is determined by pure luck).

      Also – what makes Dale Sveum such a good candidate? What sets him apart?

      • mcsnide - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        I think your Caps lock keeps getting stuck.

        Also, was Crawford hurt when Theo singed him?

    • Jack Marshall - Nov 17, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      Apples, oranges, cherries and Studebakers. Nomar was traded in a pennant race, and there was nothing wrong with explaining why. The Red Sox didn’t trash Damon, the fans did. Manny was trashed for behaving unconscionably, and deserved every criticism, and more, that he got. The Red Sox haven’t said anything bad about Francona, and if there were any slams on Pedro, there weren’t many—my recollection was that he made the silly comments about the team “disrespecting him” with its offer.

      Players who act like jerks tend to get called jerks.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    That’s what I loved about George Steinbrenner- why leak when you can gush.

    • lanflfan - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      Good, bad or ugly you always knew where you stood. Even as a Dodger fan I miss him.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I’m sure no one in the front office will leak info about how juiced up those World Series teams were.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Stay classy, Boston.

  5. crispybasil - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Gresh and Zolak are hacks, like many of the Boston sports radio personalities.

    • anotheryx - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      Or any other radio personalities.

      • Kyle - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Nailed it.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Now I remember that day in September amidst chicken bones and Bud Light cans:

  7. bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Boston is a joke…the city, the people, the teams.

    • aceshigh11 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      And what city are you from, Slingblade?

      • bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        A better one than yours, loser.

    • vanmorrissey - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Well, I guess the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and of course, the Red Sox, are the one’s laughing at people like you who only wish they could live there and be fans since they’ve all won World Championships lately. Scoreboard.

      • bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM

        Anyone who has to live vicarously through their sports teams like you is an even bigger joke.

        Your “scoreboard” comment says it all…that you have no life.

      • clevername1 - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

        That is all bozass has got. Just trash Boston. That pathetic poster is probably from Des Moines.

    • bobwsc - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      key-board tough-guy, clap clap clap-clap-clap

    • homelanddefense - Nov 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      so you anti Boston troll on here too huh? PFT isnt enough?

  8. skeleteeth - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    All I can think of when I read about this rubbish is the feeling I had the morning after Thanksgiving in 2003 when I sat down with a cup of coffee and stared at the front page of the Globe. I do not foresee a reprise.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Boston is, apparently, the anti-Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; what happens in Boston will soon be broadcast from the highest mountaintop, from which the reputations of all who left will be thrown into the gorges below.

  10. phukyouk - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    It like a dream inside a dream inside a dream…

  11. humanexcrement - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    This one goes out to all the people who are the Red Sox fans simply because they hate the Yankees. Sorry, Yankee-hater Universe, but the Boston front office are the biggest bunch of assholes in the business. Their clubhouse is more like a frathouse, and they have no idea how to conduct themselves. Trust me–being a Red Sox fan as opposed to a Yankee fan does not make you a cool, hipster rebel. It makes you an idiot.

    • bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      Nailed it.

    • bobwsc - Nov 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      pot -> kettle -> black

  12. lostsok - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    “Theo Epstein is a loud mouth jerk and a loser. NOW GIVE US YOUR BEST PROSPECT FOR HIM!”


    Stay classy, Boston.

  13. protius - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    Red Sox fans are cool. They can walk up-right, talk and sh!t all at the same time. Not bad.

  14. letsseetwogamestoday - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Boston media has an insatiable thirst….no, a lust, for anything scandalous and dirty. Look no further than that twerp Dan Shaughnessy. He covers his hometown team for years and years and writes about them like the Spring Training truck ran over his dog. That’s why players don’t want to come to Boston and the owners must overpay.

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