After weeks of its happening . . . wait, not yet . . . OK now, its happening . . . well, wait a second now . . . there will finally be official press conferences Tuesday for Theo Epstein as the new president of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, and Ben Cherington as the executive vice-presidentgeneral manager of the Red Sox.
That was a process though, huh?
The Cubs will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field, with the Sox holding theirs at 3:00 p.m. EST at Fenway Park.
Epstein, who thanked fans with a full-page ad in the Boston Globe on Sunday and wrote a Farewell, Red Sox Nation op-ed piece in the same newspaper on Tuesday, was hired as GM of the Red Sox at the end of the 2002 season. In his time as GM of the Sox, Epstein helped bring two World Series championships to Boston.
Epstein visited Wrigley Field Monday to meet his new staff, which will include former Padres GM Jed Hoyer, once the Red Sox assistant GM under Theo Epstein.
Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer were co-general managers of the Red Sox during Epsteins brief absence from the position after the conclusion of the 2005 season.
Comcast SportsNet New England will air both press conferences live.
Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.
A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.
Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.
Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.
Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.
David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.
Jared Carrabis' reaction to the Pedroia/Machado/Barnes drama was that the Boston Red Sox have a rival again.