Theo Epstein is the latest to dispute some of the more salacious details. The CHB is attempting to prime the "John Henry ownership is bad" pump, a motif he's been pitching since before the ink was dry on their acquisition of the team and has carried through the years:
- "In my mind there's no question that the O'Donnell group was the way to go." (USA Today, Jan. 22, 2002)
- "[T]he bag job of a major league franchise sale..." (Boston Globe, March 27, 2005)
Now, in response to the much-discussed section on how the owners wanted to market the team -- isn't that their job, by the way? -- Epstein says there was "no direct link" between marketing meetings and the Red Sox's acquisitions of Carl Crawford and John Lackey. "I take full responsibility for those moves. It was my job to handle the pressure of a big market and make good decisions."
Theo's a standup guy. One the other hand, one wonders how The CHB walks with no spine.