Respect is a common word but often misunderstood. It is also a theme on which the Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse is built. On Saturday, they took it to a new level.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon brings respect to the team on a day-in, day-out basis. Up and down the roster, players are taught to ‘Respect 90’ and play the game the right way. Off the field, players and fans alike encourage children to show it to others by spouting phrases such as “respect your elders” or “show a little respect”.
In 2015, when Maddon brought ‘Respect 90’ to the North Side, he encouraged hustle, proper play and reverence for the game. But, once a year, that motto changes: Respect bald.
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Cubs for a Cause
Camp was abuzz with fans and clippers. For the third year in a row, Maddon and his Respect 90 Foundation hosted his “Respect Bald” event, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research.
Several Chicago Cubs’ players took part in the event, as did several patients from the Banner Children’s Hospital. Some of the kids received clippers to help shear the heads of players.
If you have paid attention to the Cubs this Spring Training, you will know there are several players with great salads on their domes. Anthony Rizzo, a cancer survivor, was pictured with a fluffy head of wavy locks as camp opened. Pierce Johnson and Taylor Davis both showed up with hair that would rival Fabio and Thor. No more.
Fun for Funds
As you scroll through Twitter and search #RespectBald, you will see more videos and pictures from the event. Chicago Cubs fans from around the nation participated as well. At the end of the day, and all the hair was cut, the event raised over $68,000 dollars for pediatric cancer support. Some of that support came from Jon Lester, another cancer survivor on the team, and John Lackey to get Johnson and Taylor in on the act.
Even Ben Zobrist and his son, Zion, helped raise funds.
In an event to show respect for others, the Chicago Cubs earn the respect of many. The event was a fun day, filled with tons of smiles and support for the kids. Furthermore, it is yet another reason to “fly the W” for Chicago Cubs fans.