Theo Epstein hosts Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit | Photos
It's still his first year with the Cubs, but Theo Epstein is already making a name for himself in Chicago—and not just on the baseball scene. Last Thursday night, Epstein joined forces with sports writer and Indie rock musician Peter Gammons for the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit. The cause? Epstein's own Foundation To Be Named Later, which supports disadvantaged children. HSCM has been around for over a decade in Boston, but this year was the first time the team took the show on the road. They left their Boston headquarters for HSCM's first-ever out-of-town performance—and we Chicagoans were there to witness the occasion.
The Smashing Pumpkins headlined the concert, and numerous Cubs players and associates were in the audience to salute their director. (David DeJesus, Kerry Wood, Tom Ricketts and Dale Sveum, to name a few.) A few White Sox magnates even showed up, including Mike Aviles and Will Middlebrooks.
The evening's proceeds were split between Chicago Cubs Charities and the Foundation To Be Named Later, which Epstein and his twin brother Paul founded. The charity works with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including Home for Little Wanderers and Roxbury Youthworks.