Rebuilding the Cubs, Wrigley Included

In hiring Theo Epstein as their team president, the Chicago Cubs are clearly hoping he can do for them what he did for the Boston Red Sox and break a title drought that defies logic.

But the Cubs’ interest in the Boston blueprint goes beyond what Epstein, as general manager, produced on the field for the Red Sox — two championships in his nine years after 86 seasons without one. What also intrigues the Cubs is that Epstein’s tenure in Boston coincided with an imaginative transformation of Fenway Park from a beloved but frayed baseball landmark into a buffed-up, amenity-laden cash cow.

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