WASHINGTON – Joe Maddon is feeling pre-tay, pre-tay good these days, managing the best team in baseball, enjoying the big-market spotlight and waiting for his guest spot on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Celebrity Cubs fan/comedian Jeff Garlin had promised Maddon a cameo appearance if Larry David ever decided to get the crew back together, and HBO just announced that “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will return for its ninth season.
“His people have not reached out to my people yet,” Maddon said before Tuesday’s game at Nationals Park. “I have not been contacted yet. I haven’t seen Jeff in a while, so we haven’t communicated. We’re all happy that it’s coming back, man. It’s still the best. It’s absolutely the best.
“If (Jeff) said he’s going to make it happen, we’ll make it happen.”
Garlin told WMVP-AM 1000 that the new episodes will be filmed in January and February, which might conflict with the beginning of spring training.
“Davey’s got it,” Maddon said, meaning bench coach Dave Martinez.
Would you play yourself on TV?
“I want to play Larry David,” Maddon said. “Or I’m going to be Bernie Sanders, one of the two.”
At the age of 62, Maddon is going to enjoy all this. The celebrity manager hung out with Bill Murray over the weekend in Atlanta, after a Cubs-Braves game, and his orbit also includes Lou Barletta, the Republican congressman who represents his blue-collar hometown in Pennsylvania.
Maddon had lunch with Barletta – a Hazleton politician turned anti-immigration hard-liner/Donald Trump supporter – and a group of lobbyists on Tuesday at a Washington-area restaurant.
Outside interests and a sharp sense of humor are must-haves in a job that has worn down so many other managers, and the Cubs typically have a surreal vibe that would work for a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” outline. In an HBO press release, David was quoted explaining why he decided to come back: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’"