CHICAGO – Over the last few days, the Chicago Cubs front office has been dramatically revolutionized. This past Tuesday, the Cubs officially introduced former GM of the Red Sox, Theo Epstein. Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, held a press conference to officially announce the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. It is a day to rejoice as the Cubs are taking a new direction towards the future.
A Yale and San Diego State University Law School graduate, Theo Epstein became the youngest GM when the Red Sox hired him in 2002 at the age of 28. He led the Red Sox to their first World Series in 86 years lifting the “Curse of the Bambino”. After a brief absence from the club, Theo returned to Boston to lead them to another World Series victory in 2007. After a dismal September for the Red Sox (7-20) and missing the playoffs with a Wild Card berth, both managerTerry Francona and GM Theo Epstein stepped down from their respective positions.
Theo decided it was best to move on towards a different direction. The foundation for sustaining success is set for the Red Sox. Now, Epstein wants to bring that same kind of sustained success to the Chicago Cubs.
Epstein has been in a position before of breaking curses, but now Theo and his staff face their largest challenge yet. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 103 years and have not appeared in the World Series since 1945. The Cubs have lost nine straight playoff games dating all the way back to the 2003 NLCS against the Florida Marlins. Not only are Cubs fans eager to bring a World Series to their beloved team, but fans also want to see a consistent playoff contender in the Chicago Cubs.
Theo wasted no time in attracting the right individuals to reach these goals. To fulfill the necessary positions within the Cubs organization, the Cubs officially announced on Wednesday night that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will leave the San Diego Padres and join the Chicago Cubs front office. Hoyer was the Padres general manager and will assume the same position as well as become executive vice president. McLeod will become senior vice president as well as be in charge of scouting and player development.
The future looks bright for the Cubs and Theo will forever be one of the greatest minds in the game of baseball if he….breaks the 103 year-old curse.