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Theo Epstein Officially Joins Cubs Today

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Soon, we will have some new photos of Theo Epstein to post here, as he takes over as Cubs President of Baseball Operations, to be announced at a Wrigley Field news conference at 11 a.m. CDT Tuesday morning.

Actually, I'd like to post fewer photos of Theo and more photos of the players he acquires to improve the Cubs on the field. Hopefully, that'll be sooner rather than later. The free-agent signing period begins five days after the World Series ends; that will be no later than the middle of next week.

The news conference will be carried live on many TV outlets; you can also watch it live online at this link, via our friends at CSNChicago.com.

Use this post for all Theo commentary today. If you need an overflow, you can post it in the FanShot section.

Finally, the Boston Globe today ran a long piece written by Theo himself explaining why he left the Red Sox, wishing them well (although note the difference in how he explains his relationships with the owners, Tom Werner and John Henry, and team president Larry Lucchino). About the Cubs, he says:

Then the Cubs asked permission to interview me. The Cubs - with their passionate fans, dedicated ownership, tradition, and World Series drought - represented the ultimate new challenge and the one team I could imagine working for after such a fulfilling Red Sox experience.

Sounds good to me. Welcome to Chicago, Theo. We hope you can bring us what you brought to Red Sox fans -- a World Series championship.