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Disguised Theo Epstein sits with Jed Hoyer in Wrigley Field bleachers to celebrate Cubs clinch

Disguised Theo Epstein sits with Jed Hoyer in Wrigley Field bleachers to celebrate Cubs clinch

Theo Epstein has graduated from gorilla costumes to a fake goatee and a Cubs hat.

Epstein - who once left Fenway Park in a gorilla costume in late October to avoid being seen by the media - appeared to be spending Friday afternoon sitting in the front row of the Wrigley Field bleachers along with Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and a few other front office members, celebrating the Cubs' National League Central title.

Of course, Twitter captured the images:

https://twitter.com/Billstorrs26/status/776866404658245636

Epstein explained the excursion into the bleachers:

"Just enjoy the real Wrigley Field - sit out there, feel the breeze and be amongst the fans, have a beer," he said. "It was wonderful, even better than I thought it would be. I haven't done that since 1997 at Wrigley.

"We made a deal that we would do it the day after we clinched the division. Behave ourselves, but also enjoy everything that Wrigley has to offer; see it from a different perspective. I personally think it made me a better executive, so have to try it again."

Good for them. They deserve a little celebration, admiring the team they built on the field before October hits.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.