By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch
It’s Tito for Torre; John Henry for Frank McCourt and Joe Castig for Vin Scully as Dr. Charles Steinberg confirms to Scott’s Shots that he is on his way to the LA Dodgers. The Boston Herald’s “Inside Track” had speculated on the move several weeks ago and early this morning, Steinberg responded to a Shots’ email with the following:
“These six seasons have been life-changing for me, and perhaps for all of New England. We’ve all learned to believe, to keep the faith, and to discover that dreams, no matter how seemingly impossible, can come true,” said Steinberg. “To be part of an ensemble that has saved Fenway Park, nurtured a streak of sellouts that is set to break the all-time record this September, and of course win two World Championships is more than I could have ever dreamed of.”
The man who has given us every staged moment/event/memory (and some of the unstaged ones) from the Red Sox magical decade is accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse from McCourt. No small part of the appeal for a history buff like Steinberg has to be the yearlong celebration that the Dodgers will orchestrate to commemorate 50 years since the club’s move to Los Angeles. On Monday, the Red Sox and Dodgers announced they will play on March 29 in the old Coliseum. Steinberg will, oddly, be on the “other” side for that one.
“The Red Sox are so well poised to continue the success,” he said in his email. “That tells me that it’s time to heed the call of another town, another team, seeking to experience the joy that has Boston bustling still.”
Steinberg’s role with the Sox will be a tough one to re-create because of his unique drive and eccentricities, but he did serve a key role as The Trio’s mouthpiece and it will be interesting to see how Larry Lucchino operates without his sidekick.
Steinberg, who bought a home in Hull in the past couple of years confirmed that he will be keeping his beachside retreat (not far from the Shots’ Shanty). “I love the house and the town,” he said.
. . . Pure speculation here, but the move could allow Glenn Geffner to move into more of a Doc Chuck role and help make up for the lost dates he will have on-air as Dave O’Brien picks up more games next season. That way, Geff can stay on pay roll (either through Entercom or the Sox) and the team can explain away his reduced role in the booth, after a less than resounding debut season where he was overshadowed by O’Brien’s great pipes.
. . . Some more on the Doc’s departure is in The Track today, including his parting gift. The Globe’s “Names” column also had a bit on the move, but weren’t able to reach Steinberg. Hmmmmmm. He returned our email in under four hours. Guess that 17 percent thing doesn’t always pay off!
File under: Shots strikes again!