By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
1:16 PM CDT, November 1, 2011
Curses! Cubs fans looking to wear a Theo Epstein jersey might be out of luck.
Wrigleyville retailer Sports World, at 3555 N. Clark St., created a Theo Epstein jersey with the number 12 to denote 2012, the Cubs' first season under the guidance of their new president of baseball operations.
But a Sports World official said Tuesday morning it cannot sell its Epstein jersey, priced at $184.95 on its website. The site indicates the jersey, originally priced at $199.95, is "out of stock."
Majestic Athletic, which creates officially licensed Major League Baseball apparel, won't produce the Epstein jersey because No. 12 is Cubs left-fielder Alfonso Soriano's number.
"We will only produce No. 12 Cubs jerseys with Soriano's name or personalized with a buyer's name," Michael Johnson, vice president of marketing for VF Licensed Sports Group, which owns Majestic, said in an e-mail.
Also, jerseys are for baseball players. Sports World owner Brad Rosen told RedEye he thought of putting Epstein's name on a jersey last week. He said he was told within two days that the jerseys wouldn't fly.
"We were just being creative," Rosen said. "We just figured an Epstein jersey would be something that people want."
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