Curse-killer gets his due

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THEO Epstein, who put paid to the sec­ond Ma­jor League Base­ball “curse” of his ca­reer last week, was named Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year in a vote of 56 club ex­ec­u­tives.

Epstein, 42, is pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions for the Chicago Cubs, who cap­tured their first World Series crown since 1908 by de­feat­ing Cleve­land in the best-of-seven fi­nal four games to three.

In vot­ing con­ducted by the Sport­ing News, Epstein re­ceived 13 votes to nine for Cleve­land In­di­ans pres­i­dent Chris An­tonetti and eight for New York Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man.

Epstein had built the 2004 Bos­ton Red Sox cham­pi­onship team that ended that team’s 86-year ti­tle drought to fin­ish off the “Curse of the Bam­bino”, the sup­posed hoodoo stem­ming from the Red Sox trad­ing beloved star Babe Ruth to the Yan­kees.

Epstein’s curse-killer rep­u­ta­tion was en­hanced by the ti­tle for the Cubs, who some say were suf­fer­ing un­der the “Curse of the Billy Goat” after a tav­ern owner and his goat were ejected from a 1945 World Series game and he vowed the team would not win again.

After join­ing the Cubs in 2012, the team en­dured three los­ing sea­sons be­fore mak­ing the play­offs last year and winning a sea­son-best 103 games this year.

The only pre­vi­ous Cubs ex­ec­u­tives to win the award were Phil Wrigley in 1945 and Dal­las Green in 1984. –

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