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:
guys.... pic.twitter.com/J7QplfSEk2— Born on Third (@BornOnThirdCubs) September 16, 2016
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.