If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media. The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud. As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one. The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Theo Epstein has proven to be good at putting an end to thinking that is past its prime. He had a leading mind and hand in breaking the organizational curses that kept the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series for 86 years and the Chicago Cubs from winning one for 108 years. Now, he is doing his part in dismantling another belief system that has taken hold: Moneyball. The value of pursuing a common goal is probably as good a takeaway as any from a graduation speech. It’s decidedly better than the tropes encouraging each graduate to “dream big,” “follow passions,” “work hard,” and “shape the future.” But there is something else Epstein imparted that may well end up having more influence on
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