SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Joe Maddon seemingly has an endless stream of mottos and slogans at his disposal.
Sunday's iteration came in the form of T-shirts Cubs players and personnel wore for their workout at Sloan Park, though the exact slogan, "try not to suck" is actually from last season: Javy Baez first made the public aware of it back in Cubs Convention in January when he told fans the story of how Maddon used that phrase as advice for Baez's reintroduction to the big leagues.
Mr. Maddon modeling the shirt: pic.twitter.com/T9gYJSZPJH— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) March 6, 2016
But "try not to suck" was a popular motto in the Cubs' dugout last year, as guys like David Ross would shout it out a few times a game in an effort to have some fun and alleviate some of the pressure that comes with the game of baseball.
"It's the most positive negative you've ever heard in your life," Maddon joked with reporters Sunday morning.
Maddon and the Cubs are selling the shirts through Korked Baseball and all proceeds will go to Maddon's Respect 90 foundation.
He said he appreciates the authenticity of the phrase and hopes it's just the beginning of raising money for his foundation through selling T-shirts.