Theo Epstein

Birthday:  December 29
November 25, 2002 Named General Manager of the Boston Red Sox (youngest GM in history at the age of 28)
October 21, 2011 Resigned as GM of Boston Red Sox to become President of Operations for Chicago Cubs
October 25, 2011 First press conference with Cubs


Theo Epstein's Press Conference with the Cubs

Theo Epstein's Record as GM, Boston Red Sox (2003-2011)

2003 Boston Red Sox record 95-67 Lost ALCS  4 games to 3
2004 Boston Red Sox record 98-64 World Series winners 4 games to 0
2005 Boston Red Sox record 95-67 lost League Division Series 3 games to 0
2006 Boston Red Sox record 86-76 missed playoffs
2007 Boston Red Sox record 96-66 World Series winners 4 games to 0
2008 Boston Red Sox record 95-67 Lost ALCS 4 games to 3
2009 Boston Red Sox record 95-67 Lost League Division Series 3 games to 0
2010 Boston Red Sox record 89-73 Missed playoffs
2011 Boston Red Sox record 90-72 Missed playoffs

So, to recap 9 years with the Red Sox had one division title, 2 World Series championships, and going to the playoffs 6 out of 10 years.
Overall record of 839-619 with a .575 winning percentage.   His teams won 8 playoff series and lost 4 in his 10 years in Boston.

The Cubs and Red Sox Connection

There is probably not another team in major league baseball that has as many close ties as the Cubs and the Red Sox, so Theo Epstein joining
the Cubs after his tenure in Boston is very interesting.  Here is a list of some of them.


Futility:  Until the Red Sox World Series victory that Theo helped bring to Boston in 2004, the Red Sox had a streak of 86 years since their last
World Series championship (1918)

Legendary Parks:  The Red Sox's Fenway Park is the oldest stadium in major league baseball.  The Red Sox began play there in 1912.  the Cub's Wrigley Field is the second oldest as the Cubs began play there in 1916.

Legendary Players:  The Red Sox have seen many tremendous players in their history that include Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and many more.  The Cubs many great player's include Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ron Santo.
Legendary Curses: The Cubs and Red Sox don't just lose, they lose in the most incredible ways.  Theo's claim to fame will be breaking the "Curse of the Bambino" that refers to the team trading one of the greatest players in major league history (Babe Ruth) to their rival Yankees.  Not to be
outdone, the Cubs with their great teams in the 1960's played without Lou Brock for many of those years, trading him to their division rivals St.
Louis Cardinals.  Coincidentally, or not, both the Cardinals and the Yankees went on to numerous World Series titles with Ruth and Brock while
Boston and Chicago fans were left disappointed year after year.  The teams, not learing from their past mistakes, decided to also let 300 win pitcher's Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux leave only to watch them have tremendous success and World Series titles with their respective future teams more recently.
Babe Ruth-ruth not only dashed Boston Red Sox hopes, but he also had one of the more memorable World Series moments when he "Called His Shot" in the 1932 World Series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, no less.

Bill Buckner-A hobbled first baseman who needed regular treatment on his knees to play baseball won a batting title with the Cubs, but when he was with the Red Sox, he made one of the more memorable fielding gaffes against the Mets in 1986 to snatch what appeared to be a certain
World Series victory for the Red Sox in game 6, to one of the more incredible comebacks by the New York Mets to their 1986 World Series title.

New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals-the Mets dashed the Red Sox hopes in 1986 and the Cubs World Series dreams in 1969.  The Cardinals have been longtime division rivals that always seem to succeed over the Cubs and the Cardinals dealt the Red sox 2 heartbreaking 7 game World Series losses in 1946 and 1967 

2003-Both teams appeared headed on a collission course to the 2003 World Series until a fan named Bartman and the famed "Curse of the Bambino" took an apparant playoff series victory into watching their rival Yankees take the prize instead.   
 








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