Here’s a hint - one of them rhymes with “Bianca Grump.”
Sad news everybody: Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein isn’t planning to run for president of the United States in 2020. “I do expect to be here the whole time,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “But it’s also a long life, and there probably are other things I want to try out at some point.”
Fortune put Theo Epstein top of its “Great Leaders” list after he powered his Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory since 1908.
Having overturned the 86-year-old curse of the Bambino for the Boston Red Sox in 2004, Theo Epstein brought similar good fortune to the Chicago Cubs. This year, the Cubbies won the World Series and toppled the 108-year-long curse of the billy goat.
The World Series this year is being fought between two franchises with long and painful histories: The Cleveland Indians have not won a championship since 1948, and the Chicago Cubs go all the way back to 1908 for their last crown. The latter hasn’t even been in the Fall Classic since 1945.
Lipstadt, Smith and the New York Historical Society provide some of the weekend’s top Jewish cultural picks.
It’s like the beginning of a Jewish joke: A young boy obsessed with the statistics in “The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract,” and with creating rosters on the old Apple II computer game MicroLeague Baseball, grows up to become the general manager of not one but two major league baseball teams.
The Fox camera kept returning to Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers’ Jewish General Manager, during Game Two of the World Series last Thursday. Texas’s bullpen was collapsing in spectacular fashion for the second time this postseason, and Daniels was struggling to stay expressionless. Struggling, but you could see him suffering the frustration that comes from having your worldview confirmed.
The Texas Rangers’ Jewish general manager, Jon Daniels, idolized the Mets while growing up in Queens, but he always assumed his future wouldn’t include being a star ballplayer for the team. It became that much more apparent when he tried out for the freshman baseball team at Hunter College High School in Manhattan. As he said in an interview with Fast Company magazine, “I could throw, and I wasn’t afraid to take a beating, but I couldn’t hit for shit.”