Category Archives: Theo Epstein

‘Own It Now’ Cubs Spring Training Gets Under Way Amid Controversy

CHICAGO (CBS) — Spring has sprung in Arizona, with Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers officially reporting today to camp.

A few dark clouds have followed the Cubs to the desert. CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke has the 2019 spring training reports in Mesa.

“A big part of our success this year is the fact that we own each moment. So, I thought ‘own it now,’” said Joe Maddon.

That’s the Cubs’ skipper’s new slogan this year. One player who has to “own it now” is shortstop Addison Russell, who showed up early to camp. Russell has 29 games left on his Major League Baseball suspension for violating its domestic abuse policy.

Russell is currently going through a treatment protocol by the league and seeing a therapist. Cubs president Theo Epstein has a strong message for fans.

“We took our pledge to try to become a small part of the solution very seriously. Knowing this happened on our watch. We’re trying to support Addison, if he continues to put the work in, to support (ex-wife) Melisa. I understand people who are upset, who think we should’ve just moved on, but I can just pledge to those people that we’re taking this on earnestly and that it’s importantly to us,” said Epstein. “And, we’ll continue to hold Addison to an incredibly high standard or he won’t play another regular season game as a Chicago Cub ever again.”

Epstein said every member of the organization from top to bottom will go through a rigorous  domestic violence program. Russell is expected to talk later in the week.

To watch the full press conference and the lengthy responses from Epstein on Russell, go to CBS Chicago’s Facebook page.

Cubs Spring Training Press Conference With Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, Jed Hoyer

(CBS) — The Chicago Cubs top brass–GM Jed Hoyer, President Theo Epstein and Manager Joe Maddon, talked about the plan for spring training, the status of Addison Russell and the racist emails from Joe Ricketts.

Watch it here

Russell was suspended by MLB for 40 games on allegations he abused his ex wife. The Cubs have allowed him to remain with the team with a non-guaranteed contract.

Joe Ricketts has apologized for the emails, in which he discussed racist conspiracy theories.

2019 Cubs Convention Is Underway

CHICAGO (CBS)–The Cubs Kool-Aid will be flowing along the Chicago River, as the 34th annual fan convention gets underway at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel.

An underwhelming off-season isn’t keeping the diehards from getting into character to cape for their heroes.

It’s another standing-room-only crowd for the opening ceremonies. Back in October, the 2016 World Series champs  were getting cursed at for a quick playoff exit. Instead of opening up the vault to add another superstar like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, the Cubs pretty much stood pat.

Theo Epstein says the returning roster that won 95 games is good enough to be great.