I'm not Lucchino fan but I don't agree with your statement Bozzs. Most of the people left for better jobs in other organizations. Let's face it, until last season, if you were in Baseball Ops, Theo blocked your path. If they wanted to run baseball ops, it was going to be elsewhere. And, all indications are the Theo DID have control over Baseball Ops after his Gorilla getaway. If want to charge Lucchino with being a first degree douche, then I am with you. The poor baseball decisions made over the past few years are on Theo and his team.
Exactly. The success of the 2003-2005 teams drew a lot of smart talent out of baseball ops and into other organizations. That's how it works in sports, success within a given group breeds poaching of that group by other organizations that are trying to win, which leads to a brain drain in Boston and smarter teams elsewhere, eventually sapping away what intellectual edge the team had back then. That's not Lucchino's fault, regardless of whether or not he happens to be a douchebag. Theo may have been as much of a function of the rest of his team as he was his own brains, and as that team got thinner, his decisions (or at least the information he was given to use in order to inform those decisions) got progressively worse, culminating in the crappy FA bonanza.