The PR/Marketing/Oversaturation strategy that filled Fenway every night at ridiculous ticket prices and built huge TV audiences for NESN's advertisers? The one that filled Theo's budget with enough cash to be amongst the absolute biggest payrolls in the sport? That strategy? Yeah, I'm sure he loathed it.
He loved the constant Red Sox media maelstrom enough to leave Fenway in disguise.http://boston.redsox...ws_bos&c_id=bos
"At some point, there's sort of a lot of pressure to have big names or to win every single year, which is not part of the small-market mentality," Epstein said. "It's usually more of a building effort ... It's more of a balancing, a need to take a small step back to ensure a better long-term future. You fight that fight for a while in a big market, I think when you're at your best, you fight it successfully.
"Sometimes the sheer force of being a big market kind of takes over. But it is what it is. There's tremendous resources that come with being a big market, there's also potential pitfalls. I think every small market would trade places for the opportunities that come with more resources."
Now, the debate on whether Theo fought that temptation successfully has been already hashed out on this board ad nauseum. There was certainly a constant pressure to have big names towards the end of his reign. For such a private guy, I don't think he liked the constant media circus both around the team (and his moves) and somewhat around his private life. There's still somewhat of a circus atmosphere in general, and especially what's going on after last September. While it's nice to be honored, I think that he's just rather avoid it all as he's the GM for the Cubs now. That's all I'm saying.
Edited by Yazdog8, 19 April 2012 - 01:46 PM.