A Cubs fan insists he saw, and spoke to, Theo Epstein at a Chicago Starbucks on Saturday morning, and also said Epstein was driven away in a SUV toward the direction of Wrigley Field.
Noah Pinzur told the Chicago Tribune that Epstein, or someone who looks exactly like him, got out of an SUV in which he was a passenger at a Starbucks in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Pinzur said he approached him and asked if he was Theo Epstein. "No," was the reply. "I get that a lot."
Pinzur then said the man asked him, "Who is Theo Epstein?" Pinzur's reply was: "He's the guy who may become general manager of the Cubs, or at least we hope."
The Epstein lookalike then brought his drink order back to the SUV, handed it to a female companion who was also in the car, and were driven north on Racine Avenue, "in the direction of Wrigley Field," according to Pinzur.
Pinzur, who had his laptop with him, said he then googled "Theo Epstein" and "Theo Epstein's wife" and was convinced that the woman in the SUV was Marie Whitney, who is Epstein's wife.
"It was Theo, all right," Pinzur told the Tribune. "I'm 99.9 percent sure."
Sources say the Red Sox have granted permission for the Cubs to speak to Epstein about their vacant general manager's job, though the Sox have refused to confirm that publicly.