Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, called Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina a "bad apple" for complaining about the team's trip to Japan in 2004.
The Red Sox open this season against the Oakland A's in Japan. Appearing on Boston radio station WEEI last Friday, Epstein said, "Kevin Brown and Mike Mussina spent the whole time bitching about it ... and by the time the Yankees team got back from the trip they were all using it as a crutch."
Told of the comments, Mussina said sarcastically, "Yeah, we used it as an excuse for winning the division."
Since when do GMs call out opposing players for apparently no reason?
Said Mussina: "You need a comment from me about him calling me a bad apple? I don't have one."
What a douchebag.
*** Updated 2/28, From The Star Ledger:
Earlier yesterday, Mussina got an apology from Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who last Friday called Mussina a "bad apple" for complaining about the Yankees' 2004 trip to Japan.He's still a douchebag.
Epstein told a Boston radio station that when the Red Sox go to Japan next month, they need to "keep the (Kevin) Brown-and-Mussina approach from infiltrating our clubhouse." Epstein called Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Tuesday night and asked him to relay his apology to Mussina."That was nice," said Mussina, who added "there was nothing" to apologize for.