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“Theo Epstein is trying to save the world again”

Mar 22, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

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Over at The Big Read, Joe Posnanski talks to Theo Epstein about The Cubs Way and how, once again, he is trying to save a franchise which is more famous for its futility than its glory.

There is a lot of good stuff in here, as it pretty much covers Epstein’s entire career. Just one of many interesting passages comes when he compared Boston and Chicago:

“Anyone who has spent time in both places will tell you that there’s more of an edge in Boston. Maybe it goes back to our puritanical roots, I don’t know. There’s just an innate cynicism. Even when things were going well, there was a sense of ‘when’s the other shoe going to drop?’ … In Chicago there seems to be a little more optimism. You see it at Wrigley Field. Even in a losing season, a player makes a nice catch and everyone is up, cheering and lifting their beers as if there’s no better place in the world at that moment. I just think there’s more optimism, more belief, less dread than in Boston.”

Block off a chunk of your morning and check it out.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    ” Block off a chunk of your morning and check it out.”

    Clearing that with management now, on the last day of the fiscal year for us, i’ll let you know how that goes.

    • flosox - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Your FYE is 3/22?? That’s weird…

  2. giantssb42champs - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    So true. I live in Chicago and overall just a much more optimistic and less cynical city than any in the northeast (where I lived for most of my life). Not just about sports but everything. And if you can be optimistic about the Cubs that speaks volumes.

  3. manute - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    #crosspromotion #synergy #joepaterno

  4. rvnc - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    The only way to save the Cubs involves a $200 million payroll and a billygoat….

    • splintchesthair - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Jim Hendry, is that you?

      • rvnc - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        I like the Cubs, but Theo Epstein isn’t going to be able to deliver that world series without huge pockets and an exorcism…

  5. michaeljacksonisback - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The cardinals will always dominate the Chicago Flubs. Maybe you guys should move to the American League and start over.

    • spudchukar - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Couldn’t you just stay dead.

  6. sdelmonte - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Joe knows sports, but not superheroes. They’re ALWAYS looking to save the world again. And how many even have secret identities now?

  7. 18thstreet - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Theo certainly inherited a great team after the 2002 season (92 wins!), but let’s be clear about that: the rotation was Pedro, Lowe, John Burkett, Frank Castillo and Casey Fossum. Tony Clark was the first baseman and Shea Hillenbrand played third. Carlos Baerga got the most at bat at DH. He also had a drooling moron at manager.

    Cubs fans have reasons for optimism. Most of all, your idiot rivals think you lose because you are cursed to do so. No, you lost because you were stupid. (The Red Sox lost because they were stupid and racist.) These are fixable problem. You don’t need a billy goat or a sorcerer. You need starting pitching and players who can catch the ball and hitters who get on base. And you already have the money to buy those things.

    Good luck, Cubs. Signed, a Red Sox fan. It gets better.

  8. jdvalk - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    …And lots of juiciness in the heart of the lineup when you can’t get around on Rivera or in this case, Chapman…

  9. officialgame - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Did anyone bother to ask Steve Bartman what he thinks.

  10. patpatriot7 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    18th street: As a Red Sox fan (and prior to that a Boston Braves fan, so I’m giving away my age). I fully concur with your assessment. As with the billy goat, there was no “Curse of the Bambino.” The Red Sox owner (Tom Yawkey was from Louisville, KY. During his far-to-long ownership, the Red Sox were his hobby. They way they were run could be described in three words: nepotism (jobs given to his friends and favoritism to the players he liked), alcoholism (the managers he selected) and racism (no black players, even though their scouts were the first to see and had recommended the signing of both Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays). Just to prove the later, here is a trivia question for you. With all the great African-American players available, who was the first signed by the Red Sox? If you can answer this without looking it up, you’re a real baseball fan!

    • 18thstreet - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Pumpsie Green.

      The Red Sox had a remarkable combo of stupid and racist. I started following the team in 1981 or so, when I was six. I remember watching, via MLB Network, Pudge Fisk’s first game back in Boston. I swear, the Sox opted to put fossils out there. DH — Joe Rudi. First base — Tony Perez. Meanwhile, Rick Miller is in center instead of Fred Lynn and Gary Allenson is behind the plate.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS198104100.shtml

      Curse, my ass. Stupid and racist.

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