The Cubs will be following the standard playbook in professional sports by firing one guy and swinging in a completely different direction with Joe Maddon.
As the Cubs zeroed in on the Boston Red Sox general manager, and the Theo Epstein negotiations began to unfold, an insider put it this way: Once you go down this road, there’s no turning back.
Except for the rumbling sounds of construction, it had been very quiet around Wrigley Field in October.
The city of Chicago has been blessed with some big-time personalities in sports.
Two of those - Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen - managed at the same time in the Windy City.
As the minute-hand ticked by on the big clock atop the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard, James Russell thought he was safe and sound.