Hope springs eternal in this human pest...

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Cubs masochists like me just received an e-mail formally announcing what the world's known for some time: former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has been hired as President of Cubs baseball operations. The e-mail was five sentences long. It went out from Cubs.com over the name of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and here was the money sentence: "Today, we took another big step toward that goal by announcing today that Theo Epstein has joined the Chicago Cubs as the new President of Baseball Operations reporting directly to me."

That's about right for Cubs baseball. "Today we are announcing today..." (TB)