This came from Carrie Muskat's blog.
Joe Maddon flew down to Puerto Rico to watch Javier Baez play.
But it also sounds like he wants to try to start pulling the pressure monkey off Baez' back.
"Hit a couple singles and, above all, I want to see you smile."
That's a pretty nice introduction, given all the angst around Baez and his strikeouts.
I did a painting awhile back from a game I remembered last season, when Baez hit a ball so hard that all Aramis Ramirez could do was sort of fall backwards and blink.
That hit sure made me smile.
Anyway, Joe Maddon.
He's out there earning trust, just like he said he would, and if Muskat's little story is any indication of how he'll go about it, I think he'll be successful.
Baez is one of the reasons we think Joe Maddon was the perfect choice for manager, and it'll be nice to watch this play out, how he handles the kid.
Okay, I'm still on this trip and there are days and days to go and I may not get to put anything back up for awhile.
It's really busy, it's work and while I can't talk about it now I'll be able to in awhile.
Like, it's been so busy that I only now found out there's a big storm in NY.
Lastly, sorry I didn't have something to put up for Ernie.
It's too awkward of a time to do it now, so some time in the future we can do that.
What a giant figure in the history of the Cubs, Baseball, and all of sports.
And what a nice man.