I’m not a genie, and I can’t look into the future and tell you if Theo Epstein’s system is going to work for the Chicago Cubs organization. The only people who actually believe they know it is going to work are Jed and Theo themselves. If anybody actually knew, then they would be placing bets on the Chicago Cubs future.
People can sit and argue all day about whether it is going to work or not, and it’s not going to change anything. But let’s put a stop to this comparison between Theo’s Boston Red Sox, and our Chicago Cubs. I don’t even understand what there is to compare.
The argument of "Theo Epstein won with Boston so quick, why is he not winning with us?" just grinds my gears. The 2002 Boston Red Sox team that Theo took over included, if not for P.E.D use, future Hall of Famers: Man-Ram, Nomar, and Pedro. He had an All-Star outfielder in Damon, and he had two 20 win pitchers. This team was loaded.
The Cubs team he inherited had a young, but talented shortstop (Castro), a past-his-prime third baseman (Ramirez), and a pitching staff where the ace was Carlos Zambrano. They sent one player to the All-Star game.
Really? We are going to try and compare those two teams?
But.. This also brings up a good debate.
So did Theo REALLY do anything for the Boston Red Sox?
Theo was dealt pocket aces in Boston. Yes he did make great moves by acquiring players like Bronson Arroy, Mark Belhorn, and David Ortiz, but you can make those moves when you already have a lot of the puzzle pieces of a championship team in place.
"So he really isn’t a good president of operations…"
Although he was dealt a great hand, he also brought something to the Red Sox that you don’t see in pro baseball besides maybe the New York Yankees (except in recent years). He brought sustainability. The Boston Red Sox under Theo’s regime only dipped below ninety wins twice. In 2006 (86-76) and in 2010 (89-73). The Red Sox were nine years of MLB class.
Nobody can really know if Theo can make these things happen for our Cubbies, but I think that we have to sit back and let him do his thing. With Theo's "system" as soon as we become good, I believe that we will stay there.
Seriously though, the 2002 Boston Red Sox vs. 2011 Chicago Cubs. What a joke.