What do fans call the new leadership of the Cubs?
Team Epstein. Hoyer & Co. Jepstein.
El Epsteinarino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
But officially, Epstein is Chicago's President of Baseball Operations.
And Jed Hoyer is the general manager, so that's primarily his job, not Theo's.
Cubs fans are also aware of input from others, such as manager Dale Sveum, senior VP of scouting and player development Jason McLeod, and holdovers from the previous brain trust, assistant GM Randy Bush and director of amateur scouting Tim Wilkens.
Ultimately, Theo and Jed are believed to be working together like BFFs.
So when the Cubs make a deal and fans don't know who was more responsible, Epstein or Hoyer, what do they say? How do they give proper credit?
Along the same lines, who do we blame in five years if it doesn't work out? Jed or Theo?
Fans need a way to refer to both of them. Maybe the whole crew.
Because if they're going to operate as one, take credit as one, and share blame as one, they deserve a single name.
And hey, it works to describe Brangelina.
Some argue you can't assign a nickname. I agree with that.
But "Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, & Jason McLeod, LLC" is clunky for texts or tweets.
I've seen them called them the "Blues Brothers," apparently because they got the band back together.
Meh. Jake and Elwood have their own following in Chicago.
Besides, Chicagoans don't want recycled monikers. None from Epstein's era in Boston, either (Theology, Theocracy, etc). Those don't recognize Hoyer anyway.
It's early, but already some good candidates have emerged via Twitter, forums, and the rumor mills.
Here are some favorites. Feel free to include your own in comments below.
1. Team Epstein.
2. Hoyer & Co.
5. (Insert Your Own - See Comments)