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Theo Epstein: Dream job to nightmare

Even though we saw it coming, hometown GM's departure from Boston still is stunning

Updated: October 13, 2011, 1:02 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- So now it really is over.

We began forecasting the "end of an era'' when Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona was given a subtle push to exit stage right in the wake of his team's deplorable collapse, and now it is cemented with general manager Theo Epstein's decision to exit stage left toward the fine state of Illinois, where another franchise with a quaint ballpark, a mythical curse (a billy goat this time) and a long suffering Nation of fans await.

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