The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations today. The former Boston Red Sox general manager said he was happy to be a Cub.
"Baseball is best of all when you win. That's why I'm here today," Epstein told reporters. "We won't rest until there is a steady stream of talent" coming from the minor leagues."We're going to have to grind our way to the top," he said.
Epstein left the Red Sox after a historic late season collapse that left the one-time World Series favorites on the outside looking in to the playoffs. This morning, the once celebrated front office leader of the Red Sox posted an op-ed in the Boston Globe explaining that with the team’s latest collapse, it was better that the team be built by the executives who plan to stay with the team going forward. According to Epstein, he had already been planning to leave the organization following the 2012 season.
During his tenure, the Red Sox won two World Series ending an 86 year championship drought for the franchise. The team failed to make the playoffs in each of his last two seasons, however, despite winning at least 89 games in each. Epstein previously resigned once before, in October of 2005, but was rehired later that offseason.