Red Sox


CINCINNATI – The best-case scenario for the Cubs is Jake Arrieta throwing nine innings and shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game playoff.


It doesn’t sound like Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts will be handing a blank check to Theo Epstein and his baseball-operations department this winter.


You could smell the stale booze from the top of the staircase, as soon as the clubhouse door opened to the media on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.


Theo Epstein had flashbacks to the Red Sox taking down the Evil Empire while watching this rivalry reach a boiling point. Cubs-Cardinals isn’t just for tourists anymore.


PITTSBURGH – Theo Epstein could be in position to reset the market for baseball executives as the Cubs potentially turn into a monster franchise.