Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maddon Manifesto Cubs President Theo Epstein Says He Supports Joe Maddon's Stand against Cardinals Way

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maddon Manifesto Cubs President Theo Epstein Says He Supports Joe Maddon's Stand against Cardinals Way

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon drew a line in the sand last week when he ranted against the so-called Cardinals Way during his postgame news conference at Wrigley Field.

Bags of fertilizer were stacked on a ledge outside the cramped interview room that Friday afternoon, making it an appropriate setting for one of the great orations in Cubs history.

How much of that was real anger and how much was psychological warfare in case the teams meet in the postseason is something only Maddon knows.

But Cubs President Theo Epstein said Monday he agreed with the Maddon manifesto.

"Yeah, and that was a cooled-down Joe," Epstein said. "He was even hotter when we were in his office before he went to meet you guys.

"It's good. We should stand up for ourselves. It says more about how we feel about the Cubs and the Cubs Way and [how] we're not going to take anything from anyone than it does about them in particular.

"We respect a lot of things they do, but in this case we've got to stand up for what we're doing."

In case you missed it, Maddon criticized the Cardinals for acting like a "vigilante group" by throwing at Anthony Rizzo, allegedly in retaliation for the Cubs' Dan Haren hitting Cardinals batter Matt Holliday in the head with a pitch.

But Maddon didn't stop at criticizing the purpose pitch.

"And furthermore ," he kept saying, upping the ante with each refutation of the Cardinals' code of baseball etiquette.

"I never read that book the Cardinals have written about how to play baseball," he said. "You can take that book and read it yourself because I don't give a crap about that book. I want everybody there to understand that. We don't start stuff, but we will stop stuff."

The Cubs hit three batters the next day. Maddon insisted it was a coincidence.

So the Maddon Line has been drawn, and if someone crosses it, they'll do so at their own risk.

Epstein said it was not so much a knock on the Cardinals Way but an affirmation the Cubs aren't going to back down. …

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