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Epstein: No more late-night nightlife for Cubs

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09:10 AM ET 03.04 | Theo Epstein laid down the law at the Cubs Convention, stating firmly the organization would no longer tolerate players who enjoy the nightlife at the expense of getting a good night's sleep. "It's been a factor in ruining some careers," the team president said. "And I'm sure it's been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ... The approach we're going to have is the opposite of laissez faire. We're not just going to say, 'Oh, that's the way it is. This is Chicago. Boys will be boys. I'm sure they're going to get enough sleep and I'm sure they'll show up the next day ready to play.'

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March 4, 2012  09:48 AM ET

epstein has to use the army approach in every single player, a tight supervision on every element will need to be applyied, it won't be a easy task but the club needs to take serious measurements towards their players in general!!!!

March 4, 2012  09:51 AM ET

everything will have to start by stting the example, be discipline towards yourself, then apply every discipline rule to the whole cubs franchise, after all the cubs are paying good money to every player, discipline its a depth where the cubs have being lacking in a very long time!!!!

March 4, 2012  09:58 AM ET

if castro has being having trouble with the law in the 2011 season, that's because the cubs have being too soft with their players, the revelion attitude from zambrano has to do alot with the poor discipline in the cubs franchise, if the clubs have to use the army style in their teams then they have to do it in general, boys will be boys?? but at the same time they have to take responsability, by being serius about their careers and their profession, a stricted discipline its a must!!!

March 4, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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and how exactly are you going to monitor what they do after they leave the stadium boy genius?Is he saying it is better to allow players to drink in the clubhouse during games, like he did last year?

lol. It does sound like a difficult rule to enforce. Castro seems to play well despite the active night life. So if you come to the ballpark puking & smelling like a brewery you can expect Theo to implement disciplinary measures, whatever that means

March 4, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Maybe you should of monitored the KFC drive-thru a little more, Theo

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March 4, 2012  10:26 AM ET

Welcome Chicago to Theo's World!!!

March 4, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Boys will be boys????? How'd that work out in Boston.Theo?????

For two of those years it worked great

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March 4, 2012  11:06 AM ET

'If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"
*flips quarter to Pink Floyd*

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March 4, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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and how exactly are you going to monitor what they do after they leave the stadium boy genius?Is he saying it is better to allow players to drink in the clubhouse during games, like he did last year?

You got it.
Never make a rule you cannot enforce. If rest made you a better player, then dugouts would be filled with sleep number mattresses. The only number that will make the cubs better is better talent.

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March 4, 2012  12:23 PM ET
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Boys will be boys????? How'd that work out in Boston.Theo?????

A couple World Championships??? (AND I HATE THE RED SOX)

March 4, 2012  12:51 PM ET

people are making too big a deal outta the chicken and beer thing. It happens everywhere, I know for a fact it happens all over the league, starting in the minors. Where do u think it comes from? U think the red sox are the first team to ever do it? Theres still teams in the league that allow beer in the clubhouse to this day. Its been happening since the game was invented and until the MLB step in and says we are not allowing alcohol in the clubhouse, it will continue to happen.

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March 4, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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But when 'that team' experiences the worst collapse in baseball history...it becomes a big issue.

I would think blowing a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS ranks right up there.

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