Chicago Cubs: Giving back to more than his team
Joe Maddon is more about giving back than he is about himself. Do you have any clue how much this guy does for charity? I’ve never worked in a celebrity’s office and so I am not privy to what his itinerary must be like but I was a staff member of a General’s office back in the Army and you have no idea what important people endure. They give up their life, their privacy, to do what they love, like coach baseball.
With a crazy schedule, no privacy and don’t forget the pressure to win from everywhere (fans, corporate, team, personally), Maddon still manages to be one of the most accessible Chicago coaches to charities while drawing many of his celebrity friends to these events. Maybe in turn, he sends some of these celebs the starting lineup daily? Maybe he just does it because they are friends? Sounds like a fun service with a big payoff to charities. Thanks for giving back to those less fortunate, Joe.
8. Maddon knows how to have fun! He is not selfish with his fun. He shares his fun with jerky reporters, the community and most of all, his team. Remember when we were young, before we learned the harsh reality of mortgages, insurances, bills, and intense responsibilities?
We were told one of the Ten Commandments was, “Pick an occupation you love and you will have fun your whole life.” Some of us have been fortunate enough to experience that and Maddon is a prime example. I think as he gets older, he’s appreciating his role more. His fun extends to letting his first baseman pitch, buying beer for reporters during pressers, huge celebrations after wins, upgraded “party” facilities and more. Thanks for showing us how to have fun and not be too serious Joe.