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Quote of the Day: Theo Epstein on the State of the Cubs

Oct 5, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago Reuters

Cubs president Theo Epstein spoke with’s Patrick Mooney about the state of the Cubs.  The money quote:

“The only way we can thread that needle so to speak is being transparent, and that means not selling a bill of goods,” Epstein said. “I’m not going to sit here and say: ‘Don’t worry about 101 losses because we have a magic plan to win the World Series in 2013. It’s gonna happen, so be there now.’

So, to sum up, the state of the Cubs is … mixed. Mixed like three metaphors in the space of a single sentence.

  1. jayscarpa - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    What a load of crap.

  2. bla bla bla - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I feel bad for Dale Sveum and hope he gets another managing gig after this deal goes sour; which it undoubtedly will.

    • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      How so? The Cubs hired Theo to take over to completely rebuild the organization…the Cubs were still operating like a team from the 80s. The rebuild isn’t just from a player talent perspective, they are rebuilt everything in the organization, structure, inter-level communication, approach to scouting/analysis….everything…and they inherited an MLB team and MiLB system that were both lacking.

      Theo knows this…and he won’t fire Sveum unless he feels Sveum is doing a bad job within that context. In short, Sveum won’t be fired for losing, he’ll be fired if he is a poor team leader and if he strays from the philosophical approach of the organization.

      • bla bla bla - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        How so? Because it’s the Cubs. It’s what they do. Ownership will only let Theo go on a spending binge for a very short time and then they’ll put the clamps on him. They’ll end up with 2 or 3 extremely high priced guys surrounded by a bunch of scrubs. Same old Cubs.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      I was behind Sveum, but he’s made quite a few really terrible managerial decisions this year. If he has to go at the end of this deal I’ll be fine with that.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Every manager makes dumb decisions.

  3. kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    The Cubs have been “selling a bill of goods” for 105 years now, so why would next year be any different?

    • qcubed3 - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Technically, it’s been 104 years.

  4. chill1184 - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    What else do people want Epstein to say? Baseball isn’t football and cant get fixed in a year.

    • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      You can’t actually fix a horrible football team in a year either….it is just that in football teams can improve a lot without seeing much change in their record, and then the record can changes drastically once the team reaches the tipping point.

    • brucewaynewins - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      The 2011/2012 Baltimore Orioles would like to have a word with you sir.

  5. indaburg - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Will his magic plan for 2013 include giving 110% and playing one game at a time?

  6. jkcalhoun - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    It takes four six eight years. Just ask Dayton Moore.

    • Old Gator - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s wait until 2113, then look back at what Theo was able to accomplish. It’s fairer.

  7. whodeytn - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    He destroyed the Red Sox, now he’s putting a dagger in the Cubs. Love it! Looks like they’ll be the new Houston Astros of the NLC.

    • pellypell - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM


      Put an end to the existence of (something) by damaging or attacking it.
      Completely ruin or spoil (something).

      I don’t think that word means what you think it does.

      • lumpyf - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        It’s called a figure of speech. No need to trot out the old dictionary.

      • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Even as a figure of speech, he’s woefully wrong.

    • cur68 - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Sox ownership destroyed the Sox. Got to believing they could do what Francona and Epstein did. Doesn’t look that hard, right? Well it is.

      • pastabelly - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Theo needs to get a huge portion of blame for the 2011 and 2012 Red Sox. Do you just credit him for championships and blame others for flops?

  8. Sam - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Yeah he really destroyed that franchise with 2 world series wins, and a contending team every year. Plus he totally hired Bobby V the ultimate team killer.

    • lumpyf - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Did that happen in spite of Theo or because of him?

      • Sam - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        I’m nominating what you just said for the preposterous statement of the year award. I wish you luck though you likely won’t need it I think you have a head start.

  9. papichulo55 - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Cubs finished with the second worst record in MLB, but was ninth in attendance. Keeping your asses out of the seats will do wonders!

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