Imagine Joe Maddon and Jon Jay remodeling with bunk beds to create more room for activities and calling each other by nicknames like "Dragon" and "Nighthawk."
The two are not staring in "Step Brothers 2" anytime soon, but Maddon has said he would adopt the Cubs veteran outfielder as a sidekick.
Or a son.
"If I needed a son or a sidekick, I'd go for Jon Jay," Maddon said.
When asked where that came from, he laughed and admitted he has "no idea."
Maddon even joked he'd look into getting the paperwork filled out.
"That'd be cool," Jay said, laughing at the matter.
Jay received a third straight start Monday night against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. He only started seven of the Cubs' first 22 games of 2017, ceding playing time to Albert Almora Jr. and Ben Zobrist in an outfield that already features everyday players in Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward.
Schwarber served as the designated hitter over the weekend in Boston, leaving the door open for Jay to play and reach base five times in nine trips to the plate, bumping his season average to .385 and on-base percentage to .478.
"His batting average and stuff is high, but the way he's playing does not surprise," Maddon said. "He always works a good at-bat. He's never in trouble. He gets to two strikes and the at-bat is not over. Sometimes, he does his best work with two strikes.
"You saw the baserunning [Sunday to score from second on a wild pitch]; he played the wall well in Fenway, too. But there's all the ancillary stuff. You watch him on the bench and how he interacts and I watch the conversations, even when he talks to me. There's all this stuff, too.
"He brings a lot. He knows what it's like to be on a championship-caliber team and he's just wonderful to be around."
The Cubs handed the 32-year-old Jay a one-year, $8 million deal this winter in part to help fill some of the veteran leadership void left by David Ross' journey from backup catcher to professional dancer.
Maddon also admitted that Jay is an "acquired taste" given that the outfielder's stat line typically does not jump out at people. He boasts a .289 career average and has hit .300 or better three times while working the count and sporting a .354 career OBP.
But Jay has not flashed much power (31 homers) or speed (46 stolen bases) in his eight big-league seasons and has only topped 500 at-bats in a season one time.
"I didn't get him when I first saw him," Maddon admitted. "When you watch him from a scout's perspective — there's certain guys where if you walk in a ballpark and you see him once or twice, you don't quite understand where the benefit is.
"He's the guy where you watch for a week straight, you totally get it. Especially last year with the Padres — a team that wasn't that good — just really watching how he went about his business really convinced me how good he is. Love having him here, man."
After six years in a Cardinals uniform, Jay hasn't had a ton of time to endear himself to Cubs fans, but he's played all three outfield positions already and has shown his ability off the bench with five pinch-hits in the first month.
"I take pride in that — doing extra work or whatever it takes to be ready," Jay said. "There's no excuses. Your name gets called — you wanna be able to go up there and deliver and help the team, so I just try to stay ready as much as I can."
Jay understands his role on the team isn't to be an everyday player and he didn't take the bait when a reporter asked him if his hot start to the season should equal more playing time.
"I'm at the point in my career where I can still contribute and that's all I ask for," Jay said. "This is a great team here, a great chance to win and that's why I wanted to come here. I'm just staying ready."