Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a charitable foundation called the “Respect 90” foundation, which helps disadvantaged kids. This is part of its mission statement:
“In his 12 seasons as a major league manager, Joe Maddon has made few demands of his players, but there is one: all players must run hard to first base. ‘I ask our players to run hard for 90 feet to respect that distance and the respect will come back to you,’ he says.
That’s a good philosophy! I’m wondering, though, if instead of merely leaving it up on the foundation’s website, Maddon shouldn’t print it out and tape it to the clubhouse wall. Preferably someplace close to Willson Contreras‘ locker:
As you can see, Contreras admired that as a homer but it hit the wall and he was lucky he made it in safely with the double. The photo at the top of the page was the slide he was required to execute in order to make it.
Maddon likely wasn’t pleased with it, but Contreras was contrite about it after the game. He’s not known to be a slacker or a hot dog. He’s been slumping badly and, I imagine, he was simply jacked to have finally, he thought, hit a homer. Stuff happens.
But it’s never not funny to see a guy’s startled realization that he misjudged a blast and suddenly have to shift into high gear like that.