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08:13 AM ET 10.11 | The phrase heard 'round Red Sox nation was John Henry's observation that Theo Epstein would not be in Boston forever. [Epstein's departure] didn't happen quite so abruptly, but everyone seems to think it will happen soon. How could it not after Henry spoke of the "shelf life" of a general manager and the "pressure cooker" that is the city of Boston? You just don't mention those things if you want to keep a guy in your organization for the next five years. You don't bring up the shelf life of something unless you believe it's drawing to an end. And you don't mention Ben Cherington's name -- which the Sox owners have done every chance they've had -- unless you're preparing your fans for his ascension to the throne.

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October 11, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Incredible how they are kicking this guy around. John Henry is a real piece of work.

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October 11, 2011  08:49 AM ET

I think he gone.

October 11, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Epstein to the Cubs for Zambrainless!

October 11, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Theo's got a contract, so it is better to have him ask to be released from the contract than to fire him and have to pay him off to get out of the contract.

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October 11, 2011  09:13 AM ET

i thing red sox are probably doing the right thing to change out epstein and francona, though both have done good jobs over the long term. clearly, the balance of power is shifting away from the east. in order to compete against the angels and texas, need better, deeper pitching.

October 11, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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i thing red sox are probably doing the right thing to change out epstein and francona, though both have done good jobs over the long term. clearly, the balance of power is shifting away from the east. in order to compete against the angels and texas, need better, deeper pitching.

Weren't the Angels like, ummm,....home for the playoffs? I'm no Boston fan but using the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles California Watts Edition as a barometer is like Rosie O'Donnell explaining why your diet isn't working.

October 11, 2011  09:26 AM ET

hopefully that plan is to suck even more

October 11, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Incredible how they are kicking this guy around. John Henry is a real piece of work.

John Henry has always been a twit. We had him here in Florida and he was a big time weasel. The day he bought the team he said that, "I will build the stadium if the community won't." Within two years he completely back tracked and whined his way out of town.

October 11, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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Weren't the Angels like, ummm,....home for the playoffs? I'm no Boston fan but using the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles California Watts Edition as a barometer is like Rosie O'Donnell explaining why your diet isn't working.

I can't add to that, but I can certainly compliment it. Beautiful.

October 11, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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It happens when your pockets are deep and think you can make it happen...... Jerry Jones has a similar attitude with the Cowboys. You see the result.

Morning, Brotha. Totally agree. Henry probably thinks he's the reason they won those two World Series.

October 11, 2011  09:29 AM ET

Epsteins moves over the last two years have been very suspect with Lackey and Crawford as two glaring examples. Adrian was obtained, however, at the price of two very talented prospects. How much better would the Sox have been this year with Beltre at third instead of Youk? Money does not make a player better, nor a manager better.

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October 11, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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Incredible how they are kicking this guy around. John Henry is a real piece of work.

That's been the Red Sox MO for quite some time now.

When they feel someone is no longer part of the plan, they start a systematic smear campaign in the press.

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October 11, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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clearly, the balance of power is shifting away from the east

Haha. No, it's not. At all.

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