CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Cubs formally introduced Theo Epstein as the team’s new president for baseball operations Tuesday.
Already, fans are voicing enthusiasm.
A small knot of Cub fans stood at the gates to Wrigley Field, despite a noontime shower, hoping to catch a glimpse of Epstein. Several were in Cubs jerseys.
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The Bleacher Preacher was there. Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers brought a ukulele.
Many heard or watched the Cubs’ news conference and it appeared that Epstein scored with them when he said he wanted a Cub Way that permeates the organization, to build through the farm system and have a clubhouse atmosphere in which the players have each others’ backs.
“I might actually spend some money on them again,” said Chip Marshall, a lifelong Cub die-hard, who at 55, said he had given up the past few years on the team after dismal showings in May and June.
Some fans are hoping for quick free agent deals. Several mentioned St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, who is expected to be the top player available on the free agent market.
Rob is one such fan, from Chicago’s northwest side. He and others said that patience is the key to ending the Cubs’ 103-year championship drought.