Schilling calls Red Sox brass 'control freaks'

October, 17, 2011
ESPN Boston contributor and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling continued his verbal assault on Sox ownership on Monday, painting upper management as “control freaks” responsible for the departures of Terry Francona and Theo Epstein.

“I don’t think these guys can (turn this around), absolutely not,” Schilling said in an impromptu on-air call-in to Boston sports radio station WEEI. “The two guys at the core and foundation of rebuilding this franchise for 10 years (Francona and Epstein) ... those two guys (they) ran out of town. Ran them out of town. I’m not sure where the incentive is to come and work here.”

Red Sox owner John Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino have repeatedly said it was Francona’s decision to leave the team, not theirs.

Schilling, who admitted his exit from Boston was less than harmonious and last week on Baseball Tonight said the team was run by “some bad people”, thinks the only chance the Red Sox have at cleaning up the mess is for upper management to take a more laissez faire approach.

“Contrary to what has been said, they are far more involved than they would have anybody believe,” Schilling said. “I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. I know it. If they are truly going to turn this around, I think for the first time they actually need to hire baseball people and get out of the way. I don’t think they’re capable of doing that. I don’t think they’ve ever been capable of doing that.

“Why would Theo (Epstein) want to leave his dream job? He wasn’t allowed to do the job he was hired to do.

“They’re not the hands-off guys that you would be led to believe. They never have been. People like that, it’s next to impossible for them to be hands off because they’re control freaks. Theo’s job became less optimal because of the amount of involvement he had to shoulder from people that shouldn’t have been involved.”

Schilling thinks the Sox brass have chosen to serve the more casual Red Sox fans at the expense of the die-hards.

“There are two distinct fan bases in this region,” Schilling explained. "There are the pre-2004 fans, the ones that can talk about 1967 and 1975 like the birth of their child and then there are the new fans, the pink hats. They are both incredibly important fan bases but you get the feeling based on commentary over the last two weeks and how situations have been handled, that they are pandering to the new age fans and are offending like hell the older fans."

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