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Little's firing a big mistake

Updated: October 27, 2003, 4:20 PM ET
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

So the Boston Red Sox fired the manager responsible for bringing them to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series -- within a whisper of wiping out the New York Yankees -- for a chance to hire the baseball Jon Gruden, right?

Beyond the benefits of a relentlessly popular short-term public relations move in New England, there is no way Grady Little gets sacrificed unless you have an absolute tested, championship manager waiting in the wings.

Joe Torre.

Jim Leyland. ...

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