As is well known now, Theo Epstein has declined the contract to return as GM of the Red Sox. Dan Shaugnessy in this article set the stage for this to happen and many see Larry Lucchino's fingerprints on the keyboard. There's questions now about where Boston goes next (think: established GM with Lucchino ties) and how "Theo's guys" like Jed Hoyer and Bill James will fare now. Is there a new chapter of Mind Game to be written on how to tear down a team on the verge of a decade-long run of excellence? (Yes, I'm a big fan of their minor league system.) Did Josh Byrnes smell what Lucchino was cooking and exit stage Phoenix while he could?
On the heels of DePodesta's ouster at the hands of a pasta-stained junta, there's only one more shoe to drop in the expected backlash. Still, I'm beginning to wonder if there's more than just these three shoes. It'd certainly help the metaphor to have an even number. By the time we get to Dallas, perhaps sooner, this will have all shaken out. Chris Kahrl would have a great historical metaphor, some old-school return to a previous government. I wonder what it would be and how it turned out. Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. Apparently, I need a lesson.