Joe Maddon says his one regret in his life is not serving in the miliary.
On a day when America honors past and present veterans from the Armed Forces, two historic franchises faced off at Wrigley Field to end a gorgeous holiday weekend in Chicago.
Maddon spoke about what this special day means to him, and like most topics, he was engaging and genuine.
"You just think of the veterans," Maddon said. "I was driving in today, listening to Sirus radio and intermittently, they would play 'Taps' just as a part of the tribute. My dad served, my uncles served. My grandparents had, I don't know, four or five (kids serving) at the same time during World War II, which is kinda nuts to think about. The fact they did that, we're all very fortunate.
"Driving down Clark St. today, I'm thinking that when they popped ['Taps'] on the radio. I'm watching everybody have a good time because of the people that did this before us.
"The one regret I have in my own personal life is the fact that I never did serve. At the time, very unpopular - the Vietnam War was going on and I was in college. At the time, you really thought you were very fortunate to not have to do that. But retrospectively, that'd be the one life experience that I missed out on that I wish I had."
The Cubs and Dodgers sported camouflage hats and jersey numbers to pay tribute.
Major League Baseball makes Memorial Day a big deal, with nationally-televised action all afternoon and evening and a special 4:05 p.m. start at Wrigley for the holiday.