6/15 Theo: “There’s a talent deficit”
Theo Epstein took time to say hello to some of his former Red Sox players and staff, but the focus is on his current team and despite the 21-42 record, he likes what he sees developing in the clubhouse and on the field.
“It’s all about wins and losses — that’s what matters in the game,” Epstein said Friday. “If you dig a little deeper, you see a manager and coaching staff who have set high expectations for the players and players who are working hard to live up to those expectations. I do think we’re very prepared day in and day out and we play the game hard day in and day out. There’s a little bit of a talent deficit right now, but hopefully, we’ll advance as we move forward. I like what’s being established in the clubhouse.”
Epstein tried to shift the attention to the two teams, but admitted there was “probably some curiousity about what we’re up to here as we try to put this thing together.” Television and still cameras were focused on him during batting practice as he shook hands with some of the Red Sox players. He spent 10 seasons in Boston, the last nine as general manager, and put together two World Series championship teams. Cubs fans have the same high expectations.
“We’re not where we want to be and there are some games we’d like back — we could’ve won a few more games,” Epstein said of the Cubs, who have lost 22 of their last 28 games. “These guys are playing hard and preparing hard and they’re not backing down. I think we’ll find a way to get a few more wins going forward the rest of the season.”
— Carrie Muskat