Although I still have some misgivings about the way Joe Maddon was brought to Chicago, the size of his contract means the Cubs won’t be doing anything like it again. After two ineffective managerial hires, it seems that the Cubs have finally found their man.
In his introductory press conference held at the Cubby Bear on Monday, Maddon said some very good things. He talked about getting to the playoffs, starting in 2015. Theo Epstein’s proclamation that the Cubs were good enough to win the Central division next year felt like happytalk to me, but Maddon’s statement put it on the line: playoffs, right away. He’s already speaking my language.
But at the end of the presser, Maddon did something that got more attention than anything else that transpired at the Cubby Bear. By buying the press a round of drinks–a shot and a beer, no less–he proved that he’s both generous and, if you’ll pardon the expression, free-spirited.
From the large Budweiser sign going in at Wrigley Field next year, and stretching all the way back to the days of Al Capone, alcohol has fueled Wrigley and the Cubs for a long time. Chicago is that toddlin’ town, after all, and Joe Maddon gets that.
Joe Maddon’s first official day on the job included talking postseason and buying drinks. I’d say he’s pitch perfect so far.