The Chicago Cubs released a statement late last night, announcing that Theo Epstein has officially joined the organization as its President of Baseball Operations. He’ll be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

Compensation remains undetermined, but the Cubs and Red Sox decided that it should no longer hold the process up. They will continue to work on it.

Without further adieu, you can finally let out that pent up unbridled, child-like joy that has been swelling within you.

SQUEEEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! (may take a moment to load all of the joy)

  • Fishin Phil

    Well done!!

  • Brett

    And now I say … really, Cubs? 10pm on a Friday night (EST)? You jerks. I was married to my computer and phone from 6 am until (*literally*) 9:40pm. And then, because I have a baby, and early nights are a rare treat, I went to bed.

    Freaking Cubs.

    But, then again ….


    • Ian Afterbirth


    • Todd

      Did you see the Cubs press release at 10p and 1 sec that fired Quade? LOL

  • Russell

    You sir are better than ESPN…thank you for keeping me up to date with everything Cubs

    • Brett

      Happy to do my best. Thanks Russell.

  • 1CubFanInPA

    Thank, God! I was tired of seeing everyone getting their panties all in a wad over this for the last week-and-a-half… including me!

    • Fishin Phil

      Yes, it feels good to finally unclench my butt cheeks. :)

      • Ron Swanson

        I’ll unclench my butt cheeks now but I’ll remain in a partial pucker until after Bud rules on the compensation.

  • Brett

    And thanks to everyone for posting the good news as soon as you heard it – that’s part of what’s great about having a big community like this. Sure, I want to be the guy to break the news first, but you all are a pretty nice back-up.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Yeah I feel like we all went through this together.
      I couldn’t ask for a sweller buncha folks to agonize with.
      And, of course, our especially greatest ever ACE – the captain of our team!

      (I swear the camaraderie here reminds me at times of my adult-league basketball team)

      • Brett

        Right back atcha, chum.

  • Sayueri

    I think we should petition Governor Quinn to make Tuesday Theo Esptein day in Illinois.

  • curt

    ty brett you do an outstanding job and its appreciated, what a great couple days, the cardinals fold in game 2 like an accordian, fat albert is waiting in the lunchroom for someone to care while cardinal nation is melting down hahahahaha, and then the really great news that theo is coming theo is coming and for once in my lifetime this organiztion will have someone running it that knows how 2 do it, and in closing brett i hve children and yr right an early night is a blessing and were here to back you up, sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll, now for the perfect weekend go hawkeyes!!!!!!!! thanks again brett. and ty tom ricketts for being a cub fan and doing what we all wish we could do.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Curt.

  • Mike Foster

    Brett, it ain’t official for me till you say it. I check your tweets first for Cubs news, then go follow the great links you add. Thanks Ace, now looking forward to an off-season full of rumors and trades.

    BTW, to me, the bottom pix of squealing joy looks like (from R to L) Cubs (of course), Brewers, Cards, and Pirates.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Mike. I wish I could have been there at the moment it dropped, but very little is going to bring me down today.

      And you’re wrong, by the way about that bottom picture. While the other three are indeed the Brewers, Cards, and Pirates, the dancing girl … is me.

      • MichiganGoat

        That’s two days in a row you’ve mentioned you and child pageants (first one on twitter)… Creeper alert?

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Yes – it should be a fun off season!

  • http://TheoWaiting Cheryl

    Brett, Like everyone else, thanks for keeping on top of things. I check your columns first thing whwn I get on the computer.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Cheryl. And I promise I won’t sleep through the press conference…

  • Fishin Phil

    I don’t remember ever looking forward to a Tuesday before.

  • Diego

    First of all, I just want to thank u Brett for all the great posts and for keepin’ us on top of everything. I’m from Guatemala and this is the only way I can keep track of all the news on the Cubs. When I get to work the first thing I do is check out Bleacher Nation. On the other hand! Fiiiinaaaally! I’m so excited for what is coming for the Cubs!!!!!!!

    • Brett

      Glad to do it, Diego. Viva Cubs! (did I say that right? That’s not, like, offensive, right?)

  • johnbres2

    Great news indeed! Brett, thanks for all your hard work letting us know what has been going on. I sure hope we are provided a blow-by-blow account of how all this stuff went down.

    • Brett

      I hope we find out, too, but I suspect we’ll have to do some synthesizing.

  • Mark

    Brett…thank you for keeping us up to the minute informed.
    This news made my day.
    A great day for the biggest Cub fan in Arkansas!

    • Brett

      My day, too! Woo!

  • CubFan Paul

    hrmm.. i cant believe Mad Men took 2011 off

    • MichiganGoat

      Seriously Paul you have to excited and impressed that Ricketts made this (and the other moves coming)

  • die hard

    Brett, agree you have an excellent site. And you are only the messenger and for that reason the news is not your fault. However, the genuflecting towards this messiah is making me nauseated. Defined:

    gen·u·flect (jny-flkt)
    intr.v. gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
    1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
    2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.

    Cub fans need to get up off their knees, quit grovelling and view this development with a cautious eye demanding that Theo earn our respect.

    • Fishin Phil

      die hard,

      I try like hell to ignore you, but not today.  This is our happy day, we don’t get them very often in October.  If you would like to join in the celebration, by all means jump in.  If you insist on raining on our parade, I suggest you drag your negative ass over to a Cardinal board and annoy them for a while.


      • MichiganGoat

        Well said Phil, but this is the price we pay for having such a large community here at BN, there will always be a few Negative Nancys that give a great movie a bad name.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Dude – it’s the first time in a LONG time that we’ve hired a gm that we actually have some faith in.
      It’s not genuflection – it’s relief that we got someone we wanted.
      It’s excitement for being able to now be reasonably optimistic.
      When was the last time we had that?
      When we had Pryor and Wood and Zambrano.

      The best part is that, barring a bizarre twist of fate (I hope I didn’t just jinx us), Epstein can throw out his elbow and still be just as effective!

  • pfk

    Ahem, ahem, clearing throat, taking deep breath and then….
    The best moment in my life as a Cub fan. Its incredible. The Cubs actually did this? Really? No fooling? We will now be among the elite – and will always be competing. The ballpark will get its long awaited and much needed renovation so that the whole ballpark/ballgame experience is top of the line. It may take a bit to get it to where they want it to be but that’s OK with me and I’m going to love watching the process unfold. A Superstar front office. Ricketts is delivering in spades. Maybe we can use one of those spades to whack Steve Rosenbloom – the Jay Mariotti avatar – who jumped on the bandwagon after crucifying Ricketts for months. This front office rocks. Best in the game and it won’t be long before the Cubs are the best in the game. SQWEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!!

    • Ian Afterbirth

      I do have to say my happiest day as a Cubs fan so far (46 years if you include womb time) was the night we beat the Braves to move on to face the Marlins in… uh… 2000 and something…

      • Toosh

        Mine was the night the Cubs beat the Pirates to clinch the division in ’84.

        • Ian Afterbirth

          That could have been were I not drunk at some college party in NYC.
          That was before satellite and internet of course, otherwise I would have seen it too.

        • Internet Random

          This really might be the best for me.

          The other moments mentioned, while initially wonderful, were quickly followed by fate’s fearsome bitch slap.

          I was ecstatic when we signed Soriano, too, which of course turned out badly. But there, the ensuing agony takes years to become apparent… it’s not like having the rug jerked out from under you while at the zenith of your joy.

          • Ian Afterbirth

            Fate’s Fearsome Bitch Slap

            That is my band’s next album title.

            • Internet Random

              Heh. I tend to think in terms of my next band’s name… which is a little silly being that I haven’t played out in 15 years.

        • Brett

          Mine was, for a long time, when Sammy hit number 60 the first time.

    • Brett

      Love it.

  • johnbres2

    Don’t Red Sox now lose all leverage in compensation talks?

    • MichiganGoat

      Yes, I think Bud basically ordered Henry to make this official and accept what a non-lateral move would dictate- which is very little. I see Theo giving the Red Sox a list of players to chose from and this will be over. This has basically become a PTBNL type of deal. Ricketts should be commended for not overpaying and calling the Red Sox’s bluff.

      • Fishin Phil

        I believe the Cubs will try to be reasonable without bending over.  Kind of what they’ve been trying to do for the last ten days.

    • Brett

      I’ve been pondering the impact. I doubt they lose it all – odds are, the two sides agreed to some parameters (like, a list) from which they can’t deviate (so the Cubs can’t now say, “neener, neener, we have him, f off.”).

  • Ian Afterbirth


  • Neal

    I have been a Cub fan for over 50 years. Mike Royko said it best “The optimist looks at the glass of water and says it’s half full. The pessimist looks at the glass of water and says it’s half empty. A Cub fan? Well a Cub fan will look at that same glass of water, and ask ‘When’s it gonna spill??!?’ ” The Cubs have annouced that the Theo Epstein statue will go up right along side the statues of Leo Durocher, Dallas Green, and Andy McPhail!

    • Brett

      Love that anecdote.

      And, um, yeah, like … when is this gonna spill?

    • pfk

      I loved Mike Royko!

  • Serio

    Love the Pic’s

  • auggie1955

    Next big celebration will be when Q-ball’s butt is out the door. I can’t wait.

  • http://TheoWaiting Cheryl

    I was a Sox fan during the Bill Veeck era and after he left switched to the Cubs. It’s taken a long time to celebrate being a cub fan. This fall and into spring training we finally have something to look forward to – a beginning of a new era.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Veeck used live about 2 blocks from my house. I used to love spotting him peg-legging around to buy the paper.

  • juliozuleta

    It’s been fun. Great job as always brett. You’ve earned a few beers at the convention. It’s been good to see all the new posters without too many of them putting garbage on here. Take some time off!

    • Brett

      Time off??? Shit’s just getting started… :)

    • Katie

      I’m new and I hope I haven’t added too much garbage!
      I was still hopeful and checking BN for news last night and was rewarded with the great fans in here breaking the news. I know I’m still getting my feet wet but I love this place. And this is how I explain being a Cubs fan, especially to women who don’t “get it”:

      You meet this great guy, handsome, smart, funny, has a job, his own place and a decent car. Your friends and family love him. Things progress and he gives you a beautiful ring and proposes. You set a date and plan the wedding. Then, the night before the ceremony, he fucks your sister. AND, you take him back. Again and again. When I put it like that, women get it. Not that women can’t be fans. Some of the most ardent fans I know are women. It’s just hard to explain what it’s like to someone who’s never experienced the passion and agony like we Cubs fans. It bonds us and keeps us grounded. Have you noticed we never really get too high or too low?

      Thank you Brett for creating this place!

      • Brett

        At first, I thought you were describing me.

        And, you’re welcome. And thanks.

        • Katie

          Ha! I’m sure I was right up until the wedding part!

          • Sweetjamesjones

            That was a beautiful description. :)

  • marc

    This might be the best post i’ve read here at bleachernation….for some reason I laughed my ass off for a good 5 minutes lol

    • Brett

      That was the plan. :)

  • gyeva

    My Dick is happy

  • Mike F

    I think you’re correct on compensation Brett, and great job. Levine said Boston would get a good player/prospect out of it, so it’s likely a narrow list from which they can’t deviate. It’ll be interesting and since San Diego is involved, I can see that the trade could possible be expanded with salaries and players being moved. Here’s and intriguing thought. I can see this going a little longer and Soriano, Crawford, and Lackey going different ways in a 3 way trade that could make some sense for all 3 teams. I would think the Cubs would have to sweeten that some, but there might be some potential there. Crawford is younger, is a good defensive left fielder and your trading 122 M for 50 some. So there’s some intrigue there with Boston getting 70 M of cap relief and getting a player who as a DH could probably see better production. His issues as a LF defensively are big and effect his offense. Call me a dreamer.

    • Brett

      While I doubt something like that will happen, I strongly suspect that those reports that San Diego had “discussed acquiring John Lackey internally” were related to all of this. The three sides might as well at least discuss things.

      • Lou

        Good call on that one, Brett. And good professionalism throughout all of this.

  • Dan0mite

    Something tells me this isn’t the type of squealing Ace has been talking about. I may work just the same.

    • Brett


    • Dave

      That has gone through my head every time I read “Squeal” on here.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    Someone cue that Ewoks song from Return of the Jedi.


    Great damn news. Went out and shots with fellow Cub friends last night.

    /Took another round for the anticipation of “the Quade” being fired.

    • Brett

      Let’s see if this works (it’s supposed to be that video)…

      • Sweetjamesjones

        Well im at work, so whatever you posted is blocked. Sigh.

        Nub nub.

        You still are the man. Ill be sure to catch a touchdown pass in your honor.

        • Brett

          Ha. ‘Cause you’re James Jones.

    • Internet Random

      Nice reference. Very nice.

  • miggy80

    wow this makes crawling out of with this monster hangover worth it……. nope going back to bed someone wake me when they fire Q.

  • Jim

    Great work, Brett.

    I think we all reacted like this when we heard the news:

    • Brett

      I look just like Liv Tyler.