Theo Epstein

What could've been: Cubs President Theo Epstein nearly hired Joe Maddon in Boston after 2003

What could've been: Cubs President Theo Epstein nearly hired Joe Maddon in Boston after 2003

Chicago Manager Joe Maddon will have a chance to end baseball’s longest championship drought when he leads the Cubs, who haven’t won a title since 1908, into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

The former Angels bench coach came very close to having a chance to end baseball’s second-longest championship drought.

Maddon, who spent 30 years in the Angels organization — 18 as a minor league player, coach, manager, roving instructor and scout and 12 as a big-league coach — interviewed for the Boston Red Sox manager job after the 2003 season.

The Red Sox were coming off a disappointing loss to the New York Yankees...

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