Felger & Mazz: Thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Craig Breslow
Thoughts on Craig Breslow….
Felger: How do you feel about your new baseball boss? Let’s start with that…
Mazz: How do I feel about the new baseball boss? “MEH”…that’s about it. And when I say that, I’m okay with Craig Breslow being here. In my mind he was going to be the second in command and he was going to be the guy who was sort of in charge of the pitching and that I would have understood. So that you bring him in from the Cubs where he’s helped draft and develop, or really more develop, some good young pitching. It’s a clear hole in the Red Sox organization. He is in theory, a blend of new age and old school. He played, but he’s a nerd like etc., etc.. I can live with that. But now you’ve got a guy running your operation who has no experience as a GM, and I say GM in the conventional sense, and is coming in to try to build a championship team. There’s no evidence to suggest that this guy can do it. So, to me, I don’t want to say we’re totally back at Chaim Bloom because I’d rather have this than Bloom because there’s an unknown here. With Bloom I was pretty sure he couldn’t do it. But I look at it and say, I don’t know if this guy can. I don’t know if there’s a proven commodity here. So again, I like the pitching element to it, but the fact that he is now the guy makes me anxious.
Jim Murray: Well, it feels to me he’s kind of the last man standing. They’ve had this job refused by so many people that won’t even take the interview because they look at it and say, well, I mean, look, we all know that, you know, you’re hired to get fired with any of these jobs in pro sports. But with this one specifically, I think people want no part of it because you’re hired to get fired, but hired to get fired fast! Like it’s going to happen maybe within a season. And so I don’t blame all these people that have kind of refused this. It is embarrassing for the franchise considering they’re still the Boston Red Sox and despite the fact they’re either winning World Series or in the dumps year in, year out, like you should still be a place and a destination for people to take a job like this. So with Breslow, it just feels like what Mazz said “MEH”. Like there’s nothing to get excited about except for the fact he’s a real baseball guy-ish. I mean, he was a pitcher. He was part of the team so that I at least find a little bit intriguing.
Felger: I think it’s so underwhelming, it’s not even funny. It’s just you’re once again going with someone who’s never run a baseball team. You have a building, once again, that has no one who’s ever run the department after coming off of, was it four years with Bloom, whatever it was for with a guy who had never run a department. I’m sorry. That sucks. That’s a joke. And there is no one with a track record who wanted this job?