Hellooo Handsome! The new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations has made his way to our city – sweet home Chicago. Cubbie fans prepare to officially welcome Theo Epstein at a scheduled Wrigley news conference Tuesday – reports ESPN Chicago.
The city has been buzzing since rumors of Epstein joining the Cubs began a few months ago. Some are saying it was the worst-kept secret in baseball, but nonetheless, Epstein officially resigned from his position as the Boston Red Sox general manger this past Friday “effective immediately” and is moving on to an even bigger challenge “The Loveable Losers”.
Is he too good to be true? Married or not, he is one attractive Yale-educated World Series mastermind. Coming to Chicago puts quite a bit of weight on Epstein’s shoulders, as Northsiders are ever hopeful for a similar situation as in Boston. Epstein broke the Curse of the Bambino in 2004 after the Red Sox went 86 years without a World Series title. The Red Sox went on to win two World Series pennants (the second in 2007) under the wing of Epstein. Chicago proposes more of a challenge as the Cubs have not won the World Series in 103 years – Curse of the Billy Goat going strong since 1908.
Finalization of Epstein’s compensation with Boston has not completely been resolved, but the leading commissioner Bud Selig placed a deadline of November 1st on the situation during Game 4 of the World Series stating “Hopefully they can get things done. I always encourage clubs to try to get things done between themselves. Somehow, the commissioner has enough things of controversy (to deal with)” reports CSNNE.com. If they don’t get things done, Bud will.
Epstein has quite a bit of work to do upon his arrival in Chicago. There is still an impending question mark as to who the Cubs will hire as a general manager? Are we keeping Mike Quade, or looking elsewhere? West coast elsewhere…to San Diego’s Jed Hoyer? At least we know Epstein is a genuine man, taking out a full-page ad in last Sunday’s Boston Globe thanking the Red Sox and the city of Boston for their time together. I don’t want to go and say something as drastic as Cubs fans being deprived of a title are desperate for a World Series, but I think it’s safe to say fans are “dreaming” of a World Series. Hopefully Epstein can make some smart front office decisions, the Cubs can see a winning season and possibly a postseason run.
First stop for Epstein in his new city of Chicago…Girl and the Goat? He can learn some excellent recipes for cooking goat!