Cubs president Theo Epstein recalled his courting of starting pitcher Jon Lester in an interview this week with Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com …
“He just kept saying: ‘They’re going to burn this city down again when we win the World Series,'” Epstein said.
It’s a reference to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed over three square miles of the city and left around 100,000 residents without a home.
Lester signed a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs in December and should be their Opening Night starter on Sunday, April 5 against the visiting Cardinals.
Bovada has pegged the Cubs’ over-under win total for 2015 at 82 1/2 wins, but it’s a team with a very young and very talented core. There should be good times ahead on Chicago’s north side.
Let’s just hope the revelry — if it ever does happen — doesn’t result in a historical disaster.