The only memento that will be missing from Wednesday's celebration is a World Series banner from the past 100 seasons at Wrigley Field. "I don't think I need that kind of reminder," Cubs President Theo Epstein said Tuesday night. "That's not what I'm going to think about.'' The Cubs provided a rare but pleasant diversion for Epstein as Mike Olt smacked a three-run homer in the fifth inning to support another dependable effort from Jason Hammel in a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks that gave the Cubs consecutive victories for the first time this season. Olt's fourth homer against a stiff wind landed in the right field bleachers, and earned him extended playing time at third base. "I'm going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit," manager Rick Renteria said afterward. "We're still measuring everything, still trying to be guarded, but he'll be in there.'' Said Olt: "I did a lot of work to get myself ready, and I feel I'm ready for the task and build off the last couple of games and go from there.'' The triumph capped a tedious but satisfying day for Epstein, who remains focused on sustaining long-term success but has watched a 7-12 Cubs team experience closer issues and a lack of offense. "When losing stops sucking, you probably should find another career," said Epstein, in his third season of a massive rebuilding project. "But we're trying to build a very healthy organization. There are myriad challenges that present themselves daily, so you throw yourself into those challenges and try to get better.
Mike Olt's 3-run homer in 5th lift Cubs to 9-2 victory over Diamondbacks
Chicago Tribune | Apr 23