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Theo Epstein is not the first person to be heralded as the genius who will finally break the curse. The Cubs have seen this kind of thing before—former GM Andy MacPhail won two Word Series titles with the Minnesota Twins before taking over the Cubs. He did not win in Chicago.
But something is legitimately different here. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are uniquely qualified to end the Cubs' surreal drought. They have won in a large market city during a lengthy drought. And frankly, Theo Epstein's Boston teams were much better than any team Andy MacPhail put together (the 1987 champion Twins somehow gave up more runs than they scored).
The championship teams Theo Epstein put together were brilliantly constructed; they had offense, pitching, defense, and incredible depth. They were a dominating force.
It is going to take a few years, but Theo Epstein will construct a good team. Their farm system will be strong; Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are proven architects. A consistently good team starts with people who can put the pieces together.
The Cubs are heading in the right direction and doing so with purpose and confidence.