But if Epstein can’t get by whatever issue he had (or has) with Henry, well … forget it. Ditto for Jed Hoyer, the Cubs general manager who has been by Epstein’s side for much of his career. Sniping at Henry is easy for all us, to be sure, but Epstein has had enough failures now that we can question the size of his ego, too.
Make no mistake, what Dombrowski’s Sox achieved this year was every bit as extraordinary as in 2018: for the first time in a long, long time – maybe ever? – the Red Sox played a season in which they were largely irrelevant.