Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows it’s going to take a lot of work to reverse things.
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The Chicago Cubs return home presumably dejected following a disastrous West Coast road trip that saw the team drop six straight games. Mired in a prolonged slump that has seen the team lose seven of ten games, Cubs skipper Joe Maddon admitted it won’t be easy to simply reverse course.
“There’s no magic potion,” Maddon said following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, via CSN Chicago. “We just got to keep going out there and playing. I believe in our guys, 100 percent, wholeheartedly. These are good, young players. They’ve shown it in the past. They’re going to show it to you again.”
Maddon has continued to dig deep into his bag of quirky managerial tricks to help inspire the team but to no avail. Just last week, he organized one of his patented themed road trips, this one inspired by “Anchorman” for the West Coast sojourn.
The effort, while admirable and typical of Maddon’s often-eccentric approach, obviously proved fruitless.
What’s worse is how “several noticeable” Cubs players weren’t wearing their “Anchorman”-themed outfits for the flight back to the Windy City, which was the original plan when the team embarked upon the road trip last week.
Maddon seemed wary of the team ending the trip on sour note even ahead of Wednesday’s game.
“Everybody looks good when things are going well,” Maddon said before the 2-1 loss. “You’d like to see who looks good when things aren’t going so well, who’s able to maintain their sense of decorum and composure and basically don’t lose their minds.”
The Cubs certainly aren’t out of it by any stretch of the imagination, with a 25-27 record heading into June and plenty of baseball left to be played. Chicago sits only 2.5 games back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, a team that should not inspire fear it will run away with the division.
That said, Maddon has done everything he can to help facilitate getting the Cubs off their collective schneid. It’s up to the players now to get things turned around.