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Cubs manager Joe Maddon says people should respect the presidency



WASHINGTON – Freshly fêted by President Obama for the Chicago Cubs’ World Series triumph, manager Joe Maddon faced a swarm of reporters and got an inevitable question about Obama’s replacement, Donald Trump.

“I’m not going to go anywhere close to that,” Maddon said to laughter. “I will say this: I have a lot of respect for the office. …

“And regardless of your political persuasion, my point would be to encourage people to really respect the office. And let’s see what we get then over the next four years.”

Maddon, who managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006-14, called the ceremony “magnificent” and said it carried extra importance coming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as Maddon reveres the groundbreaking Jackie Robinson.

“It’s a powerful moment. It’s a really humbling moment to be part of this segment of Cubs history,” he said, with first baseman (and Broward County native) Anthony Rizzo and team president Theo Epstein looking on.

Maddon, who joked he was the only to show up without a tie, was asked about the 2017 season and gave a very Maddon answer.

“A mind once stretched has a very difficult time going back to its original form,” he said.

“So when you get in this moment right here, you want to do it again, of course. And then the question is how do you do that? I’m really leaning on the phrase or thought of being uncomfortable. I want us to be uncomfortable. The moment you get into your comfort zone after having such a significant moment in your life like that, the threat is you are going to stop growing, you’re not wanting to grow. … I really think we have our best opportunity to repeat by pitching and playing defense like we’ve done in the past.”


[Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2017 5:22pm]


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