Theo Epstein talks about his plans for the Cubs
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Chicago's going gaga for Theo Epstein. He's got his own "Welcome to Chicago Theo Epstein" Facebook page and everything. Wunderkind Epstein is the Cubs' new president of baseball operations—it's a step up from his former spot as general manager of the Boston Red Sox—and he just might be Cubs' savior, too. If anyone can do it, this is the guy: Epstein took the longtime-loser Red Sox to two World Series wins, and the natural hope is that he can create a similar turnaround for Chicago's own lovable losers. Boston had gone 86 years without a championship win before Epstein brought them back to life.
News of Epstein's switcheroo came out late last week, and today at Wrigley Field, he held his first press conference as a Cubbie. He already seems to be promising the moon: "Baseball is better with tradition, baseball is better with history, baseball is better with fans who care, baseball is better with ballparks like this, baseball is better during the day, and baseball is best of all when you win," Epstein said. "That, ultimately, is why I'm here today...I'm not saying the timetable is immediate....Over time, we'll get this thing done."
It's big talk, but with Epstein's dynamite track record, he might just be able to pull it off.