This is a fake oil painting of Aroldis Chapman taking the ball in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
From time to time Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stresses mindfulness in sports. He may not refer to it as mindfulness, but he certainly refers to staying in the present moment, which is the same thing.
In terms of sports and winning, I like his quote at the end of the clip I’m showing: “It comes down to what team competes better in the moment.” It may not be as obvious in baseball as it is with sports like football, basketball, and tennis, but as I’ve gotten older it’s become very clear that a lot of close games are won and lost in just a few key plays.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about managing pitcher Kyle Hendricks. His style is 180 degrees opposite of a guy like football coach Chip Kelly, who seems to want to control everything. (Image from the Chicago Tribune.)
I’ve heard of this spring training hitting drill that Joe Maddon brought with him to the Cubs, but this is the most detailed account I’ve read about it so far. Image from the Chicago Sun-Times.
“You have to be a little crazy to be successful.”
~ New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. (image from this espn article)
A clever addition to the Chicago Cubs logo, following the hiring of new manager Joe Maddon.