Today is officially the end of The Theo Epstein Era of the Chicago Cubs. After nine years in charge, Epstein is stepping down, effective today.
It was a transformative nine years for a whole lot of us, in ways major and minor, and in ways both fan-oriented and existence-oriented – as nine-year stretches of life tend to be – and Theo Epstein was a part of that. How much credit or debit you assign to him is your own, but for me, I can say only that I barely know life as a “dude who writes about the Cubs” when Theo Epstein isn’t the guy in charge. It was the search process for him that greeted me when I left the law firm and started doing BN full-time, and it was his time with the Cubs that overlapped with almost the entirety of my professional time here. That timing is not lost on me now, nine years later, and it won’t be lost on me in the years to come. I owe a lot to Epstein, even if at a distance.
I look forward to covering the next chapter of the Cubs, and experiencing it as a fan. I can only hope that I get to experience it as deeply as I experienced this now-closed chapter. Much love to all of you, and much love to Theo Epstein. Thank you, and all the best in what comes next.
Thank you, Theo. pic.twitter.com/yjTe3nNcn7
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 20, 2020