I guess you are making the major assumption that Theo knew he was going to leave months before he did.
My guess, and that's all it is, is that in fact Theo didn't decide until the weekend. Which is his prerogative ultimately, and one can certainly make the case that he had good justification to change his mind based on things that occurred over the weekend, too.
But it also leaves open the real possibility (and this, like the rest of this thread, is speculation...because we don't know what was said or what either side indicated) that deciding that late in the process, without any indication you were thinking of leaving, was not the most appropriate thing to do vis a vis his obligations to the team...and by "obligations" I mean moral moreso than legal.
Whoever suggested we shouldn't use how the business world works to understand all this is, in my view, completely naive and unrealistic. The Boston Red Sox are a business and Theo Epstein is a senior executive. That's the context they both exist in, and noting how others who have that relationship interact is the very definition of relevant.
There's a notion here that the only thing which matters is the date on the contract, and I neither think that's reasonable in this context nor consistent with how the real world works.
I also think people are holding the team to a set of "moral obligations" which they then refuse to hold Theo to as well. For example, nothing in Theo's contract (I am confident) prevents the Red Sox from leaking information about him. If you believe that extracontractual moral obligations apply in that context, which many do, I think it's pretty obvious that this a two-way street and Theo has some moral oblications outside of the four corners of the contract, too.
Now, I simply don't know what kind of discussions they had and what they told the other. Theo may well have made his position clear, and this may be a non-issue. Repeat: I don't have any idea whether Theo did anything wrong and am not claiming he did. I'm simply noting a potential issue to consider in all this.
I don't buy it, in fact I'm impressed he offered any transitional assistance
Let me ask you about a different situation. Do you suppose when Ron Shandler left the Cards he walked into the office one day and said "you know what, I'm done," or do you think he had several discussons with them specifically about whether he would continue working with them or not, and then worked out a deal with them where he'd leave at a fixed future date, while negotiatng for some of his staff to continue on as well, working to ameliorate the impact of his departure. I'll bet you the answer is the latter, not the former....but I am just guessing on that, too.
Edited by PedroKsBambino, 04 November 2005 - 08:22 PM.