''Anyone who knows me knows I grew up a Red Sox fan and this would be a dream job...It's an honor and a privilege to be interviewed for the opportunity. I don't look at it as an opportunity to replace Theo. I look at it as an opportunity to carry the baton in the same direction." (Jim Bowden - 11/8/2005 - Boston Globe)
Jim Bowden has been identified as one of the first candidates to be interviewed for the Red Sox vacant GM position. Bowden has indicated that his first choice would be to stay in Washington, but you can't blame him for looking elsewhere as the sale of the team drags on and his ability to restock for the 2006 season is seriously hampered each day that goes by without a decision. Then there's the bigger question of job security: there's no guarantee that Bowden, who signed a 6 month extension with the team last month, will even have a job when a new owner is finally selected. According to Peter Gammons, "there are many who feel that if the Frederick Malek group gets the Nationals, Epstein will be their first choice." Considering that MLB has already decided, but hasn't announced, that Jeff Smulyan's group will take over the team after the stadium lease deal is completed, that outcome seems very unlikely.
The Nats are slated to face the Red Sox three times this upcoming season, June 19-21, at Fenway.