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Just Say No! Why the Red Sox Don't Deserve Sh## for Theo.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:17 AM
They should get nuthin, or next to nuthin.( they don't even deserve correct spelling) Why? Is it because I am looking at it through Blue Cubbie Bear Kool-Aid glasses?( No, I haven't worn those in a long, long time...probably since the late 80's) No, my reasoning is a bit more fair and balanced.(insert own Fox News joke) Here is a novel idea: If you have an employee that you don't want to lose, and another team asks permission to interview him...just say no. If he is really that valuable to you, keep him! You had the power Mr. Luccino(who probably knows Tony Soprano), you could have kept Theo in Boston. You can't have it both ways.
Let's look at the NFL for example. Once the regular season ends, teams start ah firin' and ah hirin'! It's a mad scramble to fill positions at all levels. Most organizations say yes and allow teams to interview people, especially if it is for a promotion.( which by the way, Theo's was, albeit done in a very sly method) Sometimes those teams lose key guys, sometimes they don't, (take Mike Tice! Please!) and sometimes teams say no. However when they are hired away, they don't get anything for them. I know, I know, the Red Sox were promised a "significant return", which semantically could mean Brett Jackson, or a couple of Starbucks gift cards.( Thats why Theo was there!)
It didn't need to get this far, Mr. Luccino could have said no.....but he didn't. For yet my third Sopranos referrence...(which will be lost on you if you didn't watch the show, to whom then I would ask...What's wrong with you?)...I hope Selig handles this like Carmine did when Johnny Sack was demanding that he be allowed to "whack" Ralphie, and Carmine would not allow it. Johnny kept going, and in sit-down, after sit-down, as Johnny conitinues to whine about it Carmine finally says:
"It's over John. Name your f#%ing price and get the f#$k over it. End of story"
I doubt Mr. Selig has seen that episode.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:23 AM
But I completely agree with you that the Sox don't deserve sh!t. In addition to what you said, they have 0 leverage. Its not like they can take Theo back, he's already under contract. They let Theo go interview, knowing the risks of ALLOWING him to interview with the Cubs, and now they are demanding compensation for a situation that they could have prevented.
So in the infamous words of Judge Smails:
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