Theo Epstein was officially introduced as the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In his press conference, Epstein expressed his thanks to the Cubs owners and the entire Boston Red Sox organization, where he served as general manager for nine seasons.
"I've waited a few weeks to say this, but it truly feels great to be a Cub today," Epstein said, who agreed to a five-year deal for a reported $18.5 million. (via ESPN Boston)
Epstein went on to talk about how he alone will not be able to bring the Cubs their first World Series title in 103 years, instead pointing to the importance of teamwork, saying that bringing a championship back to Wrigley will take a team effort. Of course, Epstein knows it will not be any easy task, and noted that baseball is best when you're winning.
"Baseball is best of all when you win. That's why I'm here today," Epstein said, vowing to build a better scouting and farm system for the Cubs. "We won't rest until there is a steady stream of talent" coming to Wrigley Field from the minors. "We're going to have to grind our way to the top," he said.
Epstein brought two World Series titles to Boston, including the franchises' first in 86 years in 2004, during his tenure with the Red Sox. In addition, the Red Sox won 90 games or more in eight seasons under Epstein's guidance.