Theo Epstein Cubs: Highlights and Reaction from First Press Conference

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2011

Theo Epstein said good-bye to Red Sox nation today, and he will now embark on a new chapter of his life. 

On Tuesday, the 37-year-old was introduced as the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs


"I firmly believe that we can preserve the things that make the Cubs so special and over time build a consistent winner, a team that will be playing baseball in October consistently and a team that will ultimately win the World Series.

I've waited a few weeks to say this, but it truly feels great to be a Cub today."

Not since 1908 have the Cubs won a World Series, and they're certainly hoping Epstein can bring them the glory he was able to achieve in Boston. 

Perhaps even lift a curse if there is one at Wrigley?

The Associated Press released the quick highlights of the Cubs hire.  


The Twitterverse of course exploded with the news of his announcement today, and some of the best ones out there came from CNBC's Darren Rovell.

That's a lot of money for someone who runs a team as opposed to who is actually playing and winning for a team. Sure, he picks the players, but they have to execute on the field. 

Carl Crawford or John Lackey anyone? 

Epstein was with the Red Sox for a decade and they certainly had some good times together. Who could forget Boston's improbable comeback win over the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS after being down three games? 

He made some great moves, and some that didn't pan out so well. Nobody is perfect, but now Epstein will get the chance to prove he can win elsewhere. 

SportsCenter's Twitter page pulled the best quote from Epstein's press conference.

Cubs fans desperately long for a championship, but it's not going to be easy. It will definitely be interesting to see who the Cubs go after this winter.  

In regards to the Red Sox, Epstein told WEEI what happened in Boston's September collapse. 

"Some of what’s out there is accurate. But there was a lot of exaggeration, too. This was not a team-wide, there were not team-wide indulgences. There was not team-wide apathy. There were some things that happened that should never happen in a big league clubhouse, and ultimately, I’m the person who’s responsible. …No one said a word about these things during the season."


You know the stories and rumors. Beer, fried chicken and video games in the clubhouse. Sounds like a dream, except it ruined the Red Sox in the end and they missed out on the postseason. 

So exactly who are the Cubs really getting?

Epstein is a winner, and he will no doubt make the Cubs a better franchise.

They will also have some fun along the way. Epstein is in a band with MLB writer Peter Gammons, and they even opened up for Aerosmith, according to NESN.

I would love to see some guest features for that band. Carlos Zambrano anyone? 

The Cubs are also getting this guy. 


Good times are headed for the Cubs, but only if they win. Many believe they will win, and if they ever do it sure will be crazy in Chicago. 

The addition of Epstein also makes you wonder that if things go wrong and he doesn't bring the Cubs success, will Cubs fans once again place the blame on someone else? It depends on the circumstances, but if Epstein's moves flop, it should all come back to him. 

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