CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – Former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein took in most of his current team’s matinee victory from the bleachers while wearing a fake mustache Friday.
Epstein, now the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, was photographed in the Wrigley Field bleachers along with general manager Jed Hoyer and other front office members.
The Cubs won the game in 10 innings and then celebrated clinching the National League Central title.
Chicago clinched Thursday night when the St. Louis Cardinals lost on the west coast to the San Francisco Giants. But the Cubs waited until their Friday win at home to pop the champagne.
“We made a deal with the guys that we’d go out there the day after we won the division,” a grinning Epstein said of his bleacher adventure. “And then in case something went really wrong in the game I thought it might be good to be disguised out there. Then I kind of didn’t plan ahead, so last-minute, that’s what the costume store had.
“Whatever. I was half-committed to it, but who cares? It was fun. We had a good time.”
This wasn’t the only time Epstein has worn a costume at the ballpark.
In 2005, Epstein now infamously resigned from his position as Red Sox general manager, reportedly following clashes with CEO and team president Larry Lucchino.
Epstein left Fenway Park in a gorilla costume in an effort to avoid reporters.
He returned to his position with the Red Sox prior to the 2006 season.
The Cubs and Red Sox will square off at Fenway Park next spring.
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