So it’s official. Â Theo Epstein is the new President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs. Â The announcement came around 10pm last night and the press conferences from the Cubs and Red Sox will come on Tuesday, the next off-day for the World Series. Â I thought I’d feel different than I do.
I thought I’d be fine with Theo moving on, and part of me is. Â Part of me believes that if the team is going to make changes this time why not go whole hog? Although I suppose it could be argued that moving from Theo Epstein to Ben Cherington (a move that hasn’t been made official yet) isn’t that huge a change. Â I feel some comfort in having Cherington in there….like a small piece of Theo is still around I guess…but I woke up this morning to discover that I was a little sad about Theo going. Â I feel like my younger brother just left home and I know he won’t be calling, not even on Sundays or holidays.
There will never be a way to fully describe how the Red Sox victory in 2004 changed my life. Â Some call it hyperbole, but it truly did (and there are many folks who understand because it changed their lives too). Â 2007 was the cherry on that sundae and for those two things I don’t think there will ever be enough ways to truly thank Theo…but I do. Â I thank Theo Epstein with all my heart for helping bring this area some joy and some peace.
So I’m okay with him moving on but not as okay as I thought I was…if that makes any sense. Â I wish him happiness in Chicago but not luck. Â And that has nothing to do with him. Â I just can’t wish luck to a team whose fan base did what the Cubs fans did to Steve Bartman. Â I keep tweeting about it and I wrote about it over the summer, but the film Catching Hell has forever tainted how I feel about the Cubs fans and I wish them another 100 years of losing.
There is also a part of me not too happy that Theo is bailing on the team with a year on his contract and leaving us with the mess that he is leaving us with…but I suppose in a post written to say “thank you” and “goodbye” I shouldn’t dwell onÂ that too much. We have a good four months to flesh that one out.
Ultimately, my strongest emotion right now is relief. Â I feel like once they get a general manager in there they’re that much closer to getting a manager and that will bring us closer to moving the hell on. Â Tuesday can’t come soon enough.