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CSN to air 'Reign Men: The story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series'

CSN to air 'Reign Men: The story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series'

Relive one of the greatest Game 7s in professional baseball history as CSN Chicago brings you Reign Men: The story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, presented by Binny's Beverage Depot.

The hour-long special will air on Monday, March 27 at 9:30 p.m. as we bring you back to the unforgettable night that saw Joe Maddon and the Cubs end a 108-year curse in Game 7 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

Narrated by country music star Brett Eldredge, we'll take you inside every aspect of that historic game, hearing from the players and coaches who made it all happen.

You'll hear from:

-- Tom Ricketts (Cubs chairman)
-- Theo Epstein (Cubs president of baseball operations)
-- Jed Hoyer (Cubs EVP, general manager)
-- Joe Maddon (Cubs manager)
-- Anthony Rizzo (Cubs first baseman)
-- Kris Bryant (Cubs third baseman)
-- Kyle Schwarber (Cubs outfielder)
-- Jon Lester (Cubs pitcher)
-- Jason Heyward (Cubs outfielder)
-- Kyle Hendricks (Cubs pitcher)
-- Ben Zobrist (Cubs second baseman/outfielder)
-- David Ross (Cubs catcher)
-- Miguel Montero (Cubs catcher)
-- Rajai Davis (Indians outfielder)

Check out the entire press release on the special here.

And relive some of CSN Chicago's content from that memorable night in the links below:

--Finally: The Cubs are World Series champs

--The wait –and the weight- is over: Cubs fans celebrate World Series title

--Barack Obama congratulates Cubs World Series championship

--Famous Cubs fans celebrate World Series title on Twitter

--Ben Zobrist becomes first Cub ever to win World Series MVP

--Numbers game: statistical oddities of the Cubs World Series title

--Jed Hoyer: Rain delay was ‘divine intervention’ for Cubs

--Fans give Cubs a taste of home in Cleveland

--Ben Zobrist delivers exactly what the Cubs expected with massive World Series

--‘Dreams come true’: Bill Murray reacts to Cubs winning the World Series

--Big surprise: Kyle Schwarber plays hero again for Cubs in World Series Game 7

Ryne Sandberg: World Series ‘made it able for me to live in the present’

Willson Contreras commissions heart-warming painting commemorating his relationship with Joe Maddon

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Willson Contreras commissions heart-warming painting commemorating his relationship with Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon’s time with the Cubs may be over, but the memories made in his five years on the North Side will live on in Chicago sports lore forever. No matter how frustratingly his tenure may have ended, the outpouring of support and appreciation from management, fans and players alike throughout the process of Maddon’s departure are evidence of that.

“I love him like a dad,” Anthony Rizzo said

“I personally never could have imagined having such a wonderful partner,” Theo Epstein later added, standing beside Maddon as they delivered joint reflections on the end of the era.

Maddon touched the lives of so many within the organization and without in his time with the Cubs, but not many more so than catcher Willson Contreras, who burst onto the scene as one of the best young sluggers in baseball under Maddon’s guidance. Maddon — a catcher himself in his short time as a player — never shied away from criticizing Contreras in times he thought it earned, but it’s clear that the two forged a real bond over the last four years. 

Sunday afternoon, artist Austin Ploch revealed that Contreras reached out to him shortly after the end of the 2019 season to commission this heart-warming piece, commemorating the mutual respect and adoration between mentor and pupil:

The painting is derived from a photo of the two that Contreras posted to his Instagram account after it was officially announced that Maddon would not return as the Cubs manager:

Ploch has commissioned work for Contreras before, but now Willson will have a tangible memento to remember his first manager (along with his 2016 World Series ring). We’re not crying, you’re crying.

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Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening

Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening

Astros bench coach Joe Espada has two days off before Houston hosts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, but it looks like some of that time will be spent in Chicago.

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will interview Espada a second time for their managerial opening. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the interview is happening on Sunday.

Espada is one of the more sought after managerial candidates this offseason, as he's spent the last six seasons with two of baseball's leading franchises. The 44-year-old has been Astros bench coach since 2018, and prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Yankees — 2014 as a front office assistant, 2015-17 as third base coach.

David Ross was the presumed favorite for the Cubs' opening, when the process got underway. However, by landing a second interview, Espada has clearly given the team something to think about. In fact, NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan reported on Thursday the Cubs came away "exceptionally impressed" from Espada's first interview on Monday. 

MLB prefers teams not to make managerial announcements during the World Series. So, it might be a few more weeks before the Cubs announce their decision, unless they do so on Sunday or Monday.

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