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M. Spencer Green/The Associated PressNew Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, left, offers to buy a round of drinks after being named manager of Chicago at The Cubby Bear across the street from Wrigley Field on Monday as Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations tells him only one round.


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The second dance with Joe Maddon turned out to be the charm for Theo Epstein.When Epstein was hired as the general manager of the Red Sox in 2002, he interviewed Maddon for the team's vacant managerial position. Maddon had been a big league coach for 10 years, but his lack of managerial experience and Boston's intense media market led Epstein to opt for Terry Francona.

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