It’s official. The Cubs announced the signing of Joe Maddon as the Cubs 54th Manager on Monday.
Rick Renteria was eternally optimistic – even while going 73-89 in his 1st season as Cubs Manager in 2014.
But from all accounts, Joe Maddon is even more optimistic and positive than “Ricky”. Maddon is the quirky, smart guy who is both “old-school” and “new-school” — a “sabremetrics guru” who knows how to relate to any coach or player who joins his team.
Watching the Joe Maddon press conference gave me a perfect glimpse of how great he will be for this team, for this fan base and for this city. Gotta love him — we wish him all the best in 2015 and beyond.
And it’s not surprising to see Theo & Co. even more positive/optimistic than they were just 3 weeks ago at the “2015 On Deck Event” for season ticket holders. Things were already trending in the right direction with the major league club at the end of the 2014 season. And the development of most of the Cubs top tier prospects at all levels of the organization was right on target too. At the On Deck Event, you could see how excited Theo was, even as he tried to temper expectations.
But hopes leaped dramatically with Monday’s Maddon managerial announcement and you can see how much more happy and excited Theo & Co. are as they prepare for one of the biggest winters for the organization in the last 4-5 years.
Go Cubs Go!