Mostly just wanted to try to reduce the amount of Theo-love on the featured pages box, but we might have to throw some more on depending on what happens in the near future regarding the Cubs general manager position.
Today is Yom Kippur, which is a Jewish holiday, so the Cubs have a few hours before sundown to get their stuff done if they want Theo in place before he has to do his religious stuff and then get back to work by Monday. It’s also exactly one week (give or take a few hours, taking into account Earth’s rotation, trip around the sun, etc) before we officially hit year 103 of the championship drought up here on the North Side. I guess you can read this if you’re bored, but we’ll figure something to do on the 103rd anniversary of last success.
At this point we know next to nothing except all the rumors and speculations flying around Twitter and Facebook and sportswriter columns. Theo Epstein will either be the new Cubs GM or he won’t. Ryne Sandberg will either be the new Cubs manager or he won’t. Maybe they’ll hire Bob Brenly and he can broadcast the game from the dugout with Len Kasper while he yells at Starlin Castro for being lazy. Maybe Bobby Valentine can throw baseballs at Castro’s head when he’s chasing butterflies on the infield. Nobody knows jack and it’s somewhat silly to say “Epstein will definitely be the new Cubs GM” etc. There’s a good chance that it’ll be true, but I hate to say that it will be true and then come off looking like a know-it-all douchebag when it ends up not being true.
So I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach and follow tonight’s NLDS Game 5 action between all four National League playoff teams. We know that the entire AL East is out of the playoffs now, so if Theo isn’t the new Cubs GM, Brian Cashman and Andrew Friedman are now available. That’s always fun, right?
We can only hope that whatever happens, it will be an intelligent, well-thought-out decision to get leadership in place. As of now, a billion things could happen, just like when a baseball is put in play during a game. We just don’t know. And nobody is telling us anything, at least not until it’s official, which might not be that bad of a thing. We know how fans can jump to conclusions way too quickly, and maybe that’s just a calculated move on everyone’s part to quell the public relations avalanche that is likely to come crashing down when the announcements are made one way or the other.
So let’s just chill out a bit and let things unfold…then we’ll see whether we can avoid Year 104. But, as you know, things take time, and we should be prepared for both elation and disappointment. It’s what Cubs fans do, and like they say, it’s a way of life.