All Criticism Aside, Maddon Couldn't Be Happier with Result

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All Criticism Aside, Maddon Couldn't Be Happier with Result


Byline: Gordon Wittenmyer Chicago Sun-Times

It took more than a century for the Cubs to win that championship in November.

And barely two months later, their first manager to win a World Series since the year the Model T debuted is starting to wonder how much of the next century he will keep getting the same questions and criticism over how he used his personnel in the final games of the World Series.

Some of the public criticism and private grumbling came from players on the team during and after the postseason, but Maddon expressed little concern about lingering issues and pointed out the obvious: The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and not just in some sci-fi movie.

"Honestly, I find it humorous that people want to go there," said Maddon, whose heavy use of closer Aroldis Chapman with big leads in Games 6 and 7 drew the most public scrutiny even after the Cubs came back to win a Game 7 thriller in 10 innings.

"There's nothing I can do about perceptions and interpretation," he added. "That's up to the brain and the mind and the heart of the beholder. My interpretation is what I did, and I had that planned before the game began.

"If people want to focus on one moment where I totally disagree with them and I can't convince them of that, there's nothing I can do about."

Maddon, who spoke Wednesday during his annual "Thanksmas" dinner event for some of Chicago's homeless, constantly welcomes second-guessing.

If anything, the part that bothered him appears to be that some of the criticism of his postseason management came from within his own team, including Chapman in public comments after he re-signed with the Yankees last month.

"Personally, I don't agree with the way he used me," Chapman said to New York writers, citing being left in a 7-2 game in the ninth inning in Game 6 and being "tired" by the time he was asked to pitch 2 innings of Game 7. …

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