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Cubs: Jeff Garlin wants Joe Maddon on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Cubs: Jeff Garlin wants Joe Maddon on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

SAN DIEGO — It’s impossible to miss the different vibes around this Cubs team, whether it’s smelling the beer on players’ clothes after another postgame dance party, hearing Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” blasting from Joe Maddon’s office, or seeing Dr. Ken Ravizza sit down at someone’s locker for a chat.

Hey, isn’t that Jeff Garlin? The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star sat next to Maddon on Thursday while the manager did his pregame media session in Petco Park’s visiting dugout.

Are you part of the organization’s new mental-skills program?

“No,” Garlin said before a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres. “I’m just a special guest to get the guys feeling good. That’s what I do.”

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Maddon said: “That’s part of mental skills.”

“It is, I guess, but I don’t take it that seriously,” Garlin said. “They got you to keep things loose.”

Sitting in front of a group of reporters, Garlin had his own question for Maddon: “What’s it like being better-looking than all of your players?”

“You know, it’s a curse,” Maddon said. “It’s difficult. But I try to downplay it.”

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Garlin — who grew up in Chicago and is a big Cubs fan — told Maddon: “You have to downplay it. You’re a humble man.”

If it sounded like these two were auditioning for their own TV pilot, well, Garlin made a guarantee to Maddon.

“In terms of my career, anything he wants, carte blanche,” Garlin said. “I’m going to make T-shirts that say: ‘I Want to be Joe Maddon’s Best Friend.’ The Cubs took a picture of you and I together, and I think they’re going to put it on the background: ‘I Want to be Joe Maddon’s Best Friend.’

“Let me also say, that if we do more ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ I promise you will be on it. You have my word.”

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: