Joe Maddon won’t fall into trap of comparing Cubs to Cavaliers
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appreciates how the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship since 1964, but he isn’t about to draw any parallels between it and a World Series title drought that has plagued his team now for over a century.
“It’s wonderful for them,” said Maddon, via the Chicago Tribune. “The thing that stands out is (trailing) 3-1 and coming back to win it, that’s an impressive mental accomplishment more than physical, especially winning two of three on the road.”
Even though the Cubs are enjoying a phenomenal start to the season in a quest to win a World Series for the first since 1908, Maddon bristled at the suggestion by a reporter that the Cavaliers’ breaking Cleveland’s so-called curse lends to the narrative that history could repeat itself with the Cubs this season.
“I don’t draw parallels,” Maddon said. “I don’t connect those kind of dots. Those are traps. You’re looking of a pitfall. You’re looking for something to go negative at that point.”
The Cubs are an MLB-best 47-21 and hold a 11.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. But Maddon is well aware of the fact that a lot can change in a season where the All-Star Break hasn’t yet been reached.
Not only that, the savvy Cubs skipper understands only in his second season with the organization that it’s advisable not to tempt fate in any way, shape or form.
The Cubs’ long, painful and heartbreaking history dictates as much.