I’m doing some serious laughing out loud over here at Joe Maddon’s 670 The Score interview today.
Interspersed with his usual bits of insight, injury updates, and humor, the Cubs manager got into a report from USA Today about his job being in jeopardy if the Cubs don’t make a deep postseason run. I didn’t share the report because it didn’t strike me as all that informed, and it sounds like Joe Maddon agrees.
Reacting on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on 670 The Score, Maddon wondered whether the report was just put out there for attention or a reaction, and said that it had no impact on him whatsoever.
“Any time I have to worry about what Bob Nightengale writes or what anybody else writes, then I should just pretty much hang things up anyway,” Maddon said, before dropping the beauty. “It means nothing. That is actually dumb.”
That both a hilarious and also an effective way to respond to a report about you losing your job when you’ve done nothing but steward excellent teams in Chicago, go to three straight NLCS, and win the organization’s first World Series in 108 years. It is actually dumb.
You can read about Maddon’s thoughts on his job security here at The Score – he’s not worried – and, like the front office, he acknowledges a time will come for him to have conversations about his contract, which expires after next season.
I do hope that Maddon, for himself, treats most media write-ups with that kind of head-shaking disregard, as virtually all of us out here are just clucking out noise that shouldn’t be permitted to impact him (even if we’re sometimes informative and fun). I’m going to imagine that Maddon was speaking broadly about all media that covers the team, because I want to use this tagline …
Bleacher Nation: Actually Dumb.