10/2 Epstein & Cubs reports

Could Theo Epstein leave the Red Sox and become the Cubs’ next GM? He has one year left on his contract in Boston but has yet to deny interest in the Cubs. The Boston Globe quoted Major League sources as saying: “The Cubs are obviously interested in Theo and the talk is not going away. I think it’s possible.”

In San Diego last Wednesday, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts would only say the process is ongoing. That was before Boston manager Terry Francona left on Friday. According to the Globe, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said he wasn’t prepared to answer whether the team would grant Epstein permission to interview with the Cubs. Then, there was this tweet from national baseball writer Joel Sherman: “I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec [I] talk to says [they] believe #RedSox will give permission and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM”

Epstein, who turns 38 in December, was able to end the curse in Boston, putting together a World Series team in 2004. Could he do so with the Cubs, who have not been to the World Series since 1945 and have not won since 1908?

— Carrie Muskat


How about Francona AS GM….and Sandberg as manager? Francona seems saavy enough to pull it off.

Anything to give us a ray of true hope. My 81 yr. old dad passed a way Aug. 29. A true Die Hard Cub fan. From all things, the dreaded disease diabetes that left him a double amputee and no legs. Obviously, he admired the heart of Santo and was crushed to not see him enter the HOF. He actually had a tryout at second base with his beloved Cubs in the 1950(s) I have the cherished letter, where he was invited and said “thanks for coming”. Now at 50 yrs old myself, and having two boys at 11 and 12, it is tough to get them to stay focused when they can’t compete. Thank you for your great reporting and cub tidbits, you do a great job of staying positive. In true cub fashion…there is ALWAYS NEXT YEAR. Jack

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