Theo Epstein is going on a bender

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Theo Epstein became a key front office man in his early 20s and took over the Red Sox, one of the most storied yet tortured franchises in baseball at the tender age of 28. Three years later he built them into a World Series winner and three years after that they repeated.

He then went on to a new challenge: taking over one of the other most storied franchises in baseball history, with an even longer history of heartbreak and futility than the Red Sox had. In the past five years he has built them into a World Series champion as well. In so doing, he almost certainly earned himself a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame some day. His legend is secure.

So what are ya gonna do now, Theo?

That’s fair. You earned it, dude.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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