It seems every time Cubs President Theo Epstein opens his mouth I learn something new.
I may learn something about baseball or about the man himself. This time I learned a little regarding both subjects.
In another great piece by CSN’s Patrick Mooney, Epstein speaks openly about his public role and the Cubs financial situation. Epstein speaks very honestly about his low level of comfort when it comes to the public side of his job.
I even wonder if he is too honest for his own good sometimes.
We can all appreciate the fact the Cubs President wants to concentrate on the baseball side of things. That is in fact what he was brought here for. However, it may not be the best idea to openly share you don’t like dealing with people and that you can fake it with the best of them. It kind of gives them an advanced scouting report on you, if you will.
“I can turn it on,” Epstein said. “It’s a requirement of the job to do it. But it’s work and I actively hate it as I do it. I can go into situations – like a cocktail party or things like that – where I need to schmooze and I have to set my soul aside. It’s not something I can pull off on a daily basis. I loathe it.”
Either way, Mooney points out that Theo enjoys ample latitude publicly due to his resume. It is also assumed that he maybe the only exec that most Cubs fans would buy into what he has sold them so far.
Speaking of selling jobs, did Tom Ricketts sell Epstein on having more resources? If you listen to Theo, he sounds like he may be a bit surprised he couldn’t put some more money into this project thus far. Albeit, it sounds like the purse strings could be opened up in lockstep with his timeline to win.
“Our ability to leverage our market size into financial advantages is more difficult than I expected,” Epstein said. “I thought that would have been something that was easier for us to do – and do now, Instead, it’s something that is out of necessity probably several years away. But given the timeline we’re on, that’s not the worst thing in the world as long as we get there.”
Epstein pointed to potential “watershed events,” like the option to end the undervalued WGN television deal after the 2014 season and the revenues pouring in from a renovated Wrigley Field. The comments could also be timed just right by no accident.
The team President is letting the public know a rehabbed Wrigley will help his cause in building a winner at deadline time for a deal.
I thought you weren’t good at this sort of thing Theo, wink, wink.