Joe Madden is Great

The new manager of the Chicago Cubs is Joe Madden, and this is very good for baseball, by far my favorite sport and I root for whatever is the best way to bring more popularity to this game. And having the Chicago Cubs winning is was is easily the best thing for this game. When the Cubs are in the playoffs, the ratings go up and people pay attention. That’s the bottom-line. And if they do ever win the World Series, something they haven’t done since 1908, the ratings will be so high and there will be so much attention paid to this game, that I think FOX TV chairmen┬áDana Walden and Gary Newman’s heads will explode!

The Cubs are probably the 2nd most famous franchise in the league. The Yankees are first and the Red Sox and Cardinals are a close 3rd and 4th. What makes them interesting is that you can’t help but root for them. They are like when the Red Sox faced the Yankees in the 2003/04 ALCS, New York City was rooting for the Yankees as the rest of the world was rooting for the Sox. The Cubs are everyone’s favorite team with the exception of White Sox and Cardinal fans. We are desperate for them to win because it’s a great story.

Joe Madden is a great manager. I witnessed him manage my Blue Jays 19 times a year and the things he pulled off were truly amazing. I saw how he managed a series. He’s always looking for pull off at least 2 out of 3 games. Sometimes he’ll blow a game in the series to set up the other 2 wins because that’s what he needs to be a winning baseball team for 162 games. He’s always thinking 10 steps ahead and you can tell his players love playing for him.

Like Belichick in the NFL, you don’t know what you’re going to see on a given game. Of course some will argue that baseball managers have the least amount of influence on a game, but watch Madden manage for 162 games. He’ll change the outcome on at least 10 games a year. Just watch the Cubs this year. And now Madden’s in the National League, the non-DH league. Exactly where he belongs.

As a Blue Jay fan, I am SOOO happy he’s out of our division. The guy is great. Just see the Cubs begin to shine in the next couple of years. And it will be good for baseball.

Game 7 World Series 2014

Wow! Perhaps one of the greatest achievements in sports happened last night with the performance of Madison Bumgarner. And the amazing thing is that this guy is to casual.

Last night after the game one of the MLB.com guys, who was interviewing him, told Madison that he’s one of the greats. And Madison just smiled and said. “Thank you for saying that.”

Perhaps he doesn’t know what he’s done. 3 wins in one World Series. Threw over 290 pitches. Gave up 1 run in over 20 innings pitched. And the most amazing thing of all is he did something that pitchers aren’t allowed to do anymore – he pitched on 2 days rest. He took the ball in the 5th inning and rode his team all the way to the World Series.

The guy is so hard not to like. Wow!

The funniest moment of the night was the heavy set GM guy giving Madison a brand new Chevy truck during the MVP presentation. He seemed so nervous and started mumbling things like “It’s got awesome stuff. “And, you know, things like that.” I thought he was going to pass out. Don’t know if it’s a YouTube viral moment, but it sure was funny.

And I have to admit, I like the way FOX presents a baseball game. Joe Buck has always been a favorite of mine, plus I don’t mind Harold Reynolds at all. Yes, he talks too much, but he’s figure it out next year. But the way they direct a game is solid.

My top 10 GAME 7s in my lifetime I was fortunate to watch live:

10. 1997 World Series Marlins/Indians
9. 1988 NBA Finals Lakers/Pistons
8. 2003 ALCS Yankees/Red Sox
7. 1986 World Series Mets/Red Sox
6. 2012 NHL Playoffs Bruins/Capitals
5. 1998 NBAL East Finals Bulls/Pacers
4. 2004 ALCS Red Sox/Yankees
3. 2014 World Series Giants/Royals
2. 2001 World Series Diamonbacks/Yankees
1. 1991 World Series Twins/Braves