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The Red Sox Foundation is What We Hope for the Cubs and Other Bullets

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As you may recall about a month ago (what, you don’t remember everything I type in this space?), the gym that I’d been going to for a few years closed. Fortunately, they have another location right by where I take The Littlest Girl to school downtown, so I can go to that location instead a few times a week. The only rub is that it is a much younger demographic, so I went from being the fit average guy to being a slow and wheezy old dude. It’s weird.

  • This is a very interesting read, not only for the tangential Cubs connection, but for the look at how the Red Sox managed to build one of the best teams in history without bottoming out for a few years before it:

  • To that point about the Red Sox, and bringing it back – again, tangentially – to the Cubs: if you set up the right internal systems whereby you’re not only doing things the right way (hiring, scouting, analysis, etc.) but you’re also constantly looking to future edges, you will necessarily accumulate more long-term talent than your competitors, and then if you do a good job turning that talent over year-to-year, you can stay very good for a very long time without bottoming out. But it requires that very strong foundation to get the engine started in the first place.
  • There, I think the credit – yes, even many years removed – goes to the Theo Epstein-led Boston front office. No, I’m not saying his fingerprints are all over this year’s championship team (though there are still some, as, for one example, Mookie Betts was drafted in Epstein’s final year at the helm). It’s not that kind of deal anymore. But the foundation that was constructed to allow other really good and smart people to come in and keep things going was put there by Epstein. It’s what we hope he is now doing with the Cubs, such that when he departs (perhaps in three years, if he sticks to his ten-year thing), the Cubs can keep on winning for years to come.
  • Cubs infield prospect Nico Hoerner is a candidate to make the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game (pitcher Bailey Clark already is one), but Hoerner’s in their version of the final vote:

  • Even after winning the World Series, and dominating, David Price was still uncommonly bitter towards the media, which was written up by the national media as a kind of just desserts – we were so awful to him, and now he was good, so we should eat crap, etc.. I’ll admit to being an outsider on this – I didn’t follow the Red Sox as closely as their own media and fans would have – but what I saw of the Price-media interactions over the past few years did not always reflect favorably on Price. I’m sure he was getting some unfair grief all along the way, though it still seems odd for a guy to make his postseason success about that.
  • Congrats. You made it another day, which means this is down to 149:

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  • Am I being unreasonable, or does this look like a pitcher that, today, would get lit the eff up:

  • If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life:

  • Happy Halloween:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.