Jon Lester just pitched 8 innings of scoreless baseball in-game 1 of the NLDS. Theo Epstein is the general manager of arguably the best team in baseball, and the team that will more than likely represent the national league in the World Series. Terry Francona just swept The Sox in a series where he didn’t have his best hitter, or his number 2 starter. Andrew Miller was a huge factor coming out of the bullpen this series, most of the time leaving The Sox batters swinging at air. Ben Cherington is the vice president of baseball operations in Toronto. So basically, Francona and Miller are playing against Cherington, winner plays Theo Epstein and Jon Lester in the World Series. Jeesh, imagine having all these guys in the same organization. Oh wait they were, and the ownership screwed it up.
Dave Dombrowski doesn’t get a pass on this season either. Aaron Hill, Fernando Abad, Brad Ziegler, and Drew Pomeranz were Dombrowski’s moves at the deadline. These guys were a non factor, except for Pomeranz who gave up a 2 run BOMB to Coco Crisp, essentially losing the game. How about David Price’s deal? He got a 7 year, $217 million dollar deal from Dombroski, a deal that will ultimately end up being a failure, if it’s not already. For a guy that was supposed to come in and turn things around, Dombrowski has been a letdown as president of baseball operations thus far.
Winning the series at Fenway last night meant a lot to Terry Francona, you could tell by the way he was reacting on the field. He knows when he was fired that ownership was stirring up rumors about him, and last night he left with the last laugh. I’m sure Jon Lester was laughing somewhere too, remember that horrible offer The Sox gave him? 4 years for $70 million? Then they turn around and give Price 7 years for $217 million, what a joke. You know what you had in Lester, he could handle the Boston spotlight and he could win in the playoffs. Two things that David Price can not do.
This team needs a shake up and ownership has to provide it, and as of now it seems like it’s not going to happen. Dombrowski just announced Farrell will be back next season.
Ortiz retired and Farrell coming back. Just doesn’t seem right.