The Cubs Way

The Cubs Way

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse

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It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions. How did a team of untested young players and carefully selected veterans come together to break the longest championship drought in professional sports? Beginning with Theo Epstein's first season as team president in 2012, sportswriter Tom Verducci shows how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking when planning the path to a championship. Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry and character as well as statistics. To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench. A man who encourages themed road trips and a lack of rules to keep his team loose, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with old-school leadership to help his players find their edge. The Cubs Way tells how key players such as Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Arrieta, and Lester were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein, and guided by Maddon to outperform expectations. From Maddon's game plans to rain-delay pep talks, Verducci provides a previously unseen view from the bench, inside the locker room, and even in the owner's box. This is the World Series unveiled.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804190015
0804190011
9780804190022
Branch Call Number: 796.3576 Ve
Characteristics: 375 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm

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"How my favorite team finally won the World Series after 108 years."


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PimaLib_NormS Apr 26, 2017

So, the Cubs won the World Series. Whoop-de-doo. Whoop-de-freakin-doo. Then Tom Verducci had to go and write a book about it, “The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse”. Geez, like they invented the game of baseball or something. Give me a break. I was hoping they would go another 108 years without winning the World Series. For so long, the Cubs had all the advantages - big city, rich owners, their own TV superstation - and still they would lose and lose and lose. Consistently and constantly. They were “lovable losers”. Oh, I really hated that. They were just LOSERS! Why did anyone like them? Was it because they were on TV every day? Man, don’t get me started (too late). Then, the law of averages being what it is, they finally lucked into some good players and at long last won the World Series. And the flood of blather about it goes on and on. Okay, so what about Verducci’s book? Considering all I’ve written so far, it may be surprising that I’m giving it a thumbs up. Yes, the subject makes my blood pressure rise, but this is a well written, behind the scenes look at - it pains me to say - one of the bigger stories in recent baseball history. Tom Verducci is a talented writer, and he is quite knowledgeable about baseball. The fact that I was able to actually read a book about the Cubs from beginning to end says something about his work. Still hate the Cubs, though. Oh, and one more thing. I have been to Wrigley Field. What a dump.

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