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Joe Maddon takes out full-page ad to thank Chicago Cubs fans

Joe Maddon takes out full-page ad to thank Chicago Cubs fans

Joe Maddon left the Cubs this offseason, but he's doing so on good terms and in his own unique way.

Maddon took out a full page ad in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune to thank Chicago. It was full of “Maddonisms” and his philosophical catchphrases.

After his departure from the Cubs at the end of the season, Maddon rejoined the Los Angeles Angels, the organization in which he first got into coaching. He takes over as Angels manager after previously spending 31 years in the organization in various roles dating back to his playing career.

Here is the transcript of the ad:

Dear Chicago,

We have built relationships, established trust, and exchanged ideas.

We worked the FEARLESS PROCESS, knowing the outcome would be positive, VICTORIOUS.

We embraced the target, challenging all comers, never permitting the pressure to exceed the pleasure. We knew to be uncomfortable. “Get out of the box” spurs growth and denies complacency.

We knew/know the importance of “telling me what you think, not what you’ve heard.”

No regurgitation here we are all originals.

We know that “every day counts” and the trick is to “see it with first time eyes” “feel it with first time passion.”

We know balance. “Never forget the heartbeat.” Understand Data v Art.

The flamingo knows.

We know convoluted complicates, becoming difficult to think clearly in HOT moments.

Do simple better.

Finally, let’s raise our glasses in a toast with a shot and a beer, like our grandparents and parents celebrated special occasions, or just a hard days work.

Thank you for the past five years, for your passion, for your open hearts and minds, for forging everlasting relationships and for sharing your beautiful city with Jaye and me.

Cheers & Happy Holidays!

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Cardinals have 13 positive COVID-19 cases, weekend Cubs series tentatively on

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Cardinals have 13 positive COVID-19 cases, weekend Cubs series tentatively on

The Cardinals' four-game series against the Tigers this Tuesday-Thursday has been postponed in wake of St. Louis' COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement Monday, MLB said 13 members of the Cardinals, seven players and six staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last week. The club first learned of two positive tests on Thursday, ahead of their weekend series against the Brewers, which later was postponed.

The Cardinals have been quarantined at their Milwaukee hotel room and will continue to be tested daily. MLB said the tentative plan is for St. Louis to resume its schedule Friday against the Cubs. The situation obviously is fluid.

“I would imagine that we’re probably not playing those games this weekend. But I can’t fully speak to that,” Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said on Sunday. "That’s just my opinion. Maybe there’s a way where we flip the schedule around where we’re playing somebody else. I think guys right now just want to keep playing.

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“It sucks that we’re dealing with this, but it’s the nature of the beast right now. The league I’m sure will alter the plans going forward. If we’re in St. Louis on Friday, we’re in St. Louis on Friday. We’ll figure it out, and we’ll try to beat the Cardinals and move on to the next day. But right now, as of today, I don’t see that happening.”

The Cubs play four games against the Royals this week, including two in Kansas City on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup vs. Royals after clearing health protocols

Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup vs. Royals after clearing health protocols

Kris Bryant returned to the Cubs lineup Monday, after missing two games for an upset stomach and the health protocols that came with it.

Bryant is penciled in to play left field and lead off in the Cubs’ series opener against the Royals at Wrigley Filed on Monday. David Bote, who filled in for Bryant over the weekend, remains at third base.

On Saturday, the Cubs scratched Bryant minutes before first pitch, due to an upset stomach. Gastrointestinal issues can be a symptom of COVID-19 in some cases, so Bryant left the ballpark early and took a rapid response COVID-19 test.

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“He just really needs to be commended for going in and getting checked out,” Cubs manager David Ross said Sunday. “With all we’ve got going on, we’re trying to take the right precautions to keep everybody safe.”

Both that initial rapid test and the regularly scheduled diagnostic test that Bryant took with the team on Friday came back negative, according to the Cubs. Bryant was scheduled to take a second rapid test on Monday before MLB would clear him to return.

 

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