Theo Epstein leaving his post with the Red Sox and becoming the newest general manager of the Chicago Cubs had been rumored for so long now that I didn't take much stock in it. It simply wasn't something I thought would happen. However according to USA Today, it appears Epstein is indeed leaving Boston for Chicago.
Epstein, 37, is a northeastern guy to the core. Having grown up in Massachusetts and getting his undergraduate at Yale, Epstein had been with the Red Sox as general manager since November 2002, a time in which Boston won two world championships.
With manager Terry Francona already not returning to the Red Sox and the team having went through an epic slide to miss the playoffs this season, Epstein may have decided it was time for himself to turn over a new leaf.
If he indeed does go to Chicago, Epstein would be replacing Jim Hendry who had been serving as the Cub's general manager from 2002 until this past August 19th when it was announced that Cubs owner Tom Ricketts had relieved Hendry of his duties.