Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'

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Epstein: 2005 departure 'due to internal conflict'

Theo Epstein is now the former Red Sox general manager after leaving for the Cubs during the offseason, but this wasn't the first time Theo left the Red Sox organization.

After the 2005 season, Epstein left the organization for a three month period. At an event at Sacred Heart University, the former Red Sox general manager addressed his previous departure from the team claiming there was a 'conflict of interests' within the organization.

"That was a time conflict of what organization stood for. I didnt agree with the values the ownership had of running Red Sox." said Epstein, "You have to be all in when youre a general manager. You use up a lot of energy and sacrifice your personal life. If youre not all in, you cant do it. . . Due to an internal conflict, I didnt like what the organization came to stand for. There were a lot of internal politics. I didnt want to sign a long-term contract with an organization that I didnt stand for their values. I said no thanks and took some time away. The owner got more involved and we discussed what we wanted the organization to stand for. We talked through the process, the values and we got on same page and it was great. In hindsight I could have accomplished same thing without leaving, but at the same time I am glad I did what I did."

Epstein also commented on his new job with the Cubs as a 'great new challenge' and it was a much needed change.

"I tend to get a little bit restless in places. I believe in change, rebirth and new challenges."

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