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To learn how it's changed in Chicago, understand the new commandment for Cubs fans, "Thou Shalt Love Team Epstein."
That team includes Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum—the holy triumvirate of the Chicago Cubs.
In Boston, fans trusted in “Theo-logy,” and Red Sox Nation was fundamentally faithful.
Chicago fans don’t have a better name for that leadership, but they do have faith in a future with Team Epstein, despite last year’s fifth-place finish. Because whatever Epstein decrees is gospel for Cubs fans.
Team Epstein didn't want Ryno? Kudos for letting him (and us) down gently and calling to explain. Sandberg already likes Epstein more than Larry Himes—he didn’t retire after their conversation. Nice work, Theo.
Neither of the Madduxes, Mike or Greg, will be working for the Cubs? It’s OK, we understand, Mike likes his family (a lot) and Greg wants to hang out with his brother on a World Series contender. Makes sense. It’s not like they're signing with the Atlanta Braves to win championships for the next 10 years, so it’s different somehow. Right, Theo?
Fact is, Team Epstein has already said goodbye to two Cubs legends, and fans are not hoisting “L” flags and taking “Go Cubs Go” off repeat. If anything, they're anticipating a future full of stars to be named.
That’s religious fanaticism.