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Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza talks to the media during the 27th Annual Chicago Cubs Convention in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

CHICAGO — There were standing ovations for Theo Epstein and chants from the crowd.

The Chicago Cubs' new president of baseball operations got a warm welcome at the Cubs Convention over the weekend from championship-starved fans who see him as a potential savior, the guy who might team with general manager Jed Hoyer to set the course toward the club's first title since 1908.

Top prospect Brett Jackson compared them to "rock stars" on Sunday while saying he's "excited to see what kind of show they put on."

Already gone are sluggers Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena along with troubled former ace Carlos Zambrano. More veterans could be on the way out, and the youngsters aren't necessarily safe, either, so along with the optimism comes a sense of uncertainty.