Thursday the Cubs will introduce their new manager, probably Rick Renteria, and be faced with this embarrassing scenario: the first question is “are you disappointed you didn’t get to interview Torey Lovullo.” And on Renteria’s day, the story becomes Lovullo.
The three year window agreed upon by the Red Sox and Cubs when Theo Epstein went to Chicago remains in place. Now, had Epstein called Ben Cherington when he began his search for a manager and indicated Lovullo was one of his top choices, Cherington would have at least tried to see if the wounds between Red Sox ownership and their former general manager had abated enough to at least get a sympathetic ear.
But the Cubs did not call. Cherington approached Lovullo, who indicated that he wasn’t certain what he wanted at this point in time; he also did not know the Cubs’ intentions. Cherington and Lovullo worked out a three year deal at a sizable raise, and that was that. But by the sixth and clinching game of the World Series, the Red Sox general manager was dealing with those questions, and now the chasm between ownership and its insecurities and Epstein has likely widened.
Epstein made it clear Tuesday night that he wanted to move on, and so did Cherington Wednesday afternoon. “When relationships devolve there are issues that eventually have to be resolved,” says Cherington. “I hope somehow this works out, and that this is just a bump in the process.”