The deal, all of the Chicago Cubs players in return for all of the Boston Red Sox players, was not accepted by new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
"I don't want to panic anyone, but with this trade not happening, we're going to suck for a long time, if not forever," said Epstein. "My expertise is more in the area of running really talented teams. Without those Red Sox players, I'm kind of out of my element. My rebuilding effort was based on getting Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and all of their pitchers except John Lackey."
"Let's be honest, there is not one single professional reason for me to leave the Red Sox for the Cubs," the 38 year-old told reporters. "I mean, objectively speaking, the Red Sox are a better team with more money and a deeper farm system. I should be here. But this state is so fucking lame now it's unbearable. Seriously, it as a cultural wasteland."
The Brookline native and Yale graduate added that while it was not too long ago that he was proud to be from the Bay State, those feelings have eroded over the last few years.
The Red Sox Nation: Utah Chapter is very angry.
"I'll take all the blame if need be," said Epstein. "But we're still in contention and I still believe this team has enough talent to at least secure a wild card."
Yet the fact remains that the team Epstein built contains only 13 present or former All-Stars Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, John Lackey, Jon Lester, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and Kevin Youkilis and not a single additional All-Star or MVP candidate was added at the July or August deadline.
"It's easy to look back now and think that I should have acquired Albert Pujols or Felix Hernandez or both of them and that's probably what we'll do in the offseason but it's tricky if you have too many future Hall of Famers on a team at once," said Epstein. "People think it's really easy to run a team that just buys all of the best players. But it's not. Imagine what it's like to look a David Ortiz in the face and tell him that he's only a pinch hitter now because we added someone better than him."