Says the Athletic:

In one of his biggest decisions while running the Red Sox, Theo Epstein hired a young, recycled manager who got fired by the Phillies, picking Terry Francona over an obscure Angels bench coach named Joe Maddon.

Epstein believed that Francona had grown from his four losing seasons in Philly (1997-2000) and would apply those big-market lessons to a Red Sox team that lost the Aaron Bleeping Boone Game at Yankee Stadium in a heartbreaking 2003 American League Championship Series.

It’s too simplistic to think that history will repeat itself, but that’s the place to start with the Cubs and Gabe Kapler, a role player Epstein acquired for the 2004 Red Sox team that Francona guided to the franchise’s first World Series title in 86 years.

As part of a huge decision that will shape the next era of Cubs baseball, Epstein will interview Kapler this week, continuing the search process to replace Maddon, who is now viewed as a Hall of Fame manager and an in-demand free agent: