The Cubs made Theo Epstein an offer he couldn’t refuse.

No one else could give him a president’s title, total control of baseball operations, an iconic stadium, a world-class city and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to break another “curse.” Burnout made it the right time to leave Boston after nine seasons as Red Sox general manager.

Some 17 months after Epstein’s “Baseball is Better” Wrigley Field press conference, there is all this noise about moving to Rosemont and knocking down the center-field scoreboard for a Jumbotron. The new narrative is that a can’t-lose business in an $8 billion industry is somehow being suffocated.

Back in Chicago, chairman Tom Ricketts and president of business operations Crane Kenney have to make a deal with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Tom Tunney, the rooftop lobby and the Lakeview neighborhood.

Epstein is overseeing his own renovation plan in Mesa, putting the finishing touches on a team that’s supposed to be noticeably better than the one that lost 101 games last season. Standing in the HoHoKam Stadium dugout on a postcard-perfect Sunday morning, he was asked: Have the Cubs lived up to their promises?