Theo Epstein didn’t want to recreate “The Boston Red Sox Show” once he got total control of baseball operations at Wrigley Field. When the Cubs president went searching for a new manager, he wanted to hire the next Terry Francona.

There will be no what-if scenarios for the Cubs front office when the Cleveland Indians walk into HoHoKam Stadium on Monday with their new manager. Even Francona was quick to admit: “They got the right guy.”

The same in-depth interview process at Fenway Park that identified Francona in the fall of 2003 revealed Dale Sveum some eight years later.

Epstein hasn’t seen Francona since they’ve landed in Arizona for spring training, but they’re planning to meet for a drink later this month, before the 162-game grind starts all over again.

Epstein and Francona spoke two or three times a week during a three-week window in November 2011 that featured so many moving parts.

After two World Series titles and an epic September collapse, the Red Sox hadn’t renewed Francona’s contract. Epstein had finally emerged from Yawkey Way and his limbo period in the basement as Milton from “Office Space.”