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All kinds of rumblings today about Theo Epstein potentially coming back as Red Sox GM, with the Boston Herald reporting that several Boston officials have been trying to talk him back into the job.

This, of course, seems highly unusual, particularly after Epstein was essentially torched by management and the Boston Globe, to the point the dude actually escaped wearing a gorilla costume. Remember how we were all hoping that Epstein would take a year off and come back all grizzly and talking about hemp? In order of preference, we hope that Epstein goes mountain man, then we hope he comes back to the Red Sox and, last place, he takes over as GM of, like, the Rockies or something equally dumb. Mostly, though, we hope someone puts a knee in Shaughnessy's groin. That might be fun.

Return Of The Boy Wonder? [Baseball Musings]
The Real Reason Theo's Gone [Deadspin]