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  • Bill Chastain

Joe Maddon doing his part

Joe Maddon did his part for the Dino Mirabal Fundraiser yesterday when he handed off a door prize/raffle item: a black Louisville Slugger fungo bat he signed.

The beloved Cubs/Former Rays skipper noted that he had just received a shipment of the bats, which he has always used as a prop during pre-game conversations, curling the fungo underneath one leg while standing on the other.

Maddon empathized with Dino. Remember, he spent most of his professional career in the bushes as a scout/coach/manager en route to his first Major League managing job with the Rays. Along the way he threw countless batting practice pitches. Thus, he could almost feel the pain in Dino’s shoulder. In a sense they are kinsmen in the number of rounds of BP each has thrown.

Maddon looked good and seemed excited about his new job. He also expressed how much he loves the Tampa Bay area and the people who live here.

We shared a laugh about the Letterman-style “Top 10 Reasons the Cubs Hired Joe Maddon” as delivered by Ryan Dempster during a Cubs function last weekend. In case you missed it, here it is:

10. “We misheard and thought he knew (actor) Eva Longoria.”

9. “We’re trying to set the Guinness Book of World Records for most fired managers.”

8. “We needed someone who would take the leftover Harry Caray glasses.”

7. “The Cubs’ bus keeps breaking down so we figured, ‘Hey, we can use his RV.’ “

6. “Most managers take shots from the media; Joe Maddon buys shots for the media.”

5. “We have a young team here in Chicago, and if 60 is the new 40, well, we need someone to manage all of our toddlers.”

4. “(Model wife of former Cub/current Rays OF David DeJesus) Kim DeJesus told us to.”

3. “He’s the son of a plumber and, let’s just face it: the Wrigley bathrooms need a ton of work.”