I have to say, this is an unexpected but completely deserved honor.
Fortune recently named Theo Epstein the world’s greatest leader. If you really break it down from a baseball perspective, Epstein has been connected to the more young stars in the MLB in some way than any other person in the world. He turned two historically bad franchises into world champions, and he’s only 43 while looking like he’s 32.
Last season if the Cubs met the Red Sox in the World Series most of the players on the field were drafted, traded for, or signed by Theo. It’s the same story this season, as both teams are primed for a long postseason run. It would basically be Theo playing himself in the World Series. That’s insane to think about.
The article speaks to Theo’s leadership qualities in turning around the organization as a whole, not just the product on the field. But we don’t care about what happens in the background. That’s why we revel in the fact that Epstein has won three World Series, is probably on his way to more and can basically retire tomorrow and get a plaque in Cooperstown.
All this, and he seemingly managers to be a basic bro. He was caught wearing a fake mustache in the crowd last season. After the Cubs won the whole damn thing, he told reporters he was going binge drinking and that Jed Hoyer would have to take over for awhile, this after swearing on national television. Even after this article came out, he pointed out how weird it was because he can’t even potty-train his dog.
“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house, ” Epstein wrote in a text to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. “That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It’s baseball — a pastime involving a lot of chance. If (Cubs outfielder Ben) Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I’m on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I’m not even the best leader in our organization; our players are.”
Theo…can we just hang out or something?
Theo is having a drunk interview night for the ages. pic.twitter.com/R5mzZtprY8
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 3, 2016