Epstein: No more lovable losers for Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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"I think that's also an opportunity: I tell the players, 'Right now, we're called 'loveable losers. What do you want to stand for?'" he said. "I guarantee you if you ask the guys, they don't want to be known as loveable losers three or four years from now."

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also participated in the panel discussion but pushed past reporters without answering questions about the stalled negotiations for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli. Also taking part in the event for Epstein's charity, The Foundation to be Named Later, were Red Sox manager John Farrell, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Boston assistant GM Mike Hazen.

Farrell said he went to Fort Myers, Fla., after the winter meetings to see the team's new spring training facility. "Hopefully, we can keep our daily schedule as efficient as possible," he said.

Farrell also said he expects to hear in the next week or so which Red Sox players will be asked to compete in the World Baseball Classic.