This is strange to read, right? But if we believe what we read the Cubs seem to have all of the right pieces in place in a proven President and Manager, right? The more I read about Theo Epstein and Joe Madden, I want to believe but part of me is still cautious about getting too excited.
In a Chicago Sun Times Rick Telander article about the Cubs President, Epstein says its not enough to pick the right players, but to invest in them…‘‘Understanding them physically, fundamentally, and mentally — investing in them as people — and helping them progress.” Epstein believes the next advantage in baseball is human development. What’s not to like? To read more about what Epstein says.
And what’s not to like about Joe Madden. The guy is a breath of fresh air. He’s about the players having fun and being loose. At the beginning of spring training Carrie Muskat wrote an article about Madden and quoted him saying “The one thing, more than anything, is that I want them to be themselves,” he said. “I don’t want them to feel inhibited when they play. I don’t want them to feel as though they’re out there to please. Don’t worry about making mistakes — you’re going to make mistakes, physical mistakes. We want to cut down on the mental mistakes.” To read more about Madden…
But what about the mental side of the fans?