The tense drama suspense and soap opera atmosphere Friday at Wrigley Field had nothing to do with the play on the field. Cubs closer Kevin Gregg took the 9-5 loss to the Braves after giving up four runs in the ninth inning and before long he was venting about perceived disrespect from Cubs management. In response President Theo Epstein said he was considering releasing the veteran. On Saturday however the Cubs announced that Epstein had accepted Gregg's apology and the closer would not be released. Gregg initially expressed his discontent with management for telling him a couple of days ago in Milwaukee that he was not part of their 2014 plans as a closer. Epstein then called in the pitcher for a clarifying meeting with manager Dale Sveum and eventually trekked up to the press box to explain to reporters what had transpired.
Epstein won't release Gregg after rant
Chicago Tribune | Sep 21