A Disguised Theo Epstein Is Watching The Cubs From The Bleachers

The team architect put on a fake mustache and goatee but wasn't fooling anybody

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Sep 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM ET

The Chicago Cubs became the first major league club to clinch its division on Thursday night, turning Friday’s matinee against the last-place Milwaukee Brewers into a victory lap.

It was an afternoon for rest and relaxation. Of the eight position players on manager Joe Maddon’s starting lineup, only two are candidates to start a playoff game.

The Wrigley Field bleachers are a famously jovial place to catch a summer ballgame under normal circumstances, but they were especially carefree on Friday with the National League Central crown wrapped up—so much so that the whole front office joined the fun. Yes, even team president Theo Epstein pulled a Bobby Valentine with some fake facial hair and an Ernie Banks cap.

Epstein, however, did have recurring wardrobe malfunctions.

There was no wild clinching party because the title was secured only after a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals later in the evening—catcher David Ross described ambling into a local bar, taking a shot with the bartender, and then heading on home—but there’s no doubt Wrigleyville will be lit on Friday.

Say, how’d they get such great seats on short notice?