Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs really got to know each other at an RV park at Narvarre, Fla., near Pensacola, behind a motorhome named after a vehicle from the “Vacation” movies.
This is how one of the biggest deals for a manager in Major League Baseball history got done.
Maddon, who was introduced as the 54th manager in club history Monday afternoon at a bar across the street from Wrigley Field, said his job interview for the Cubs happened, “behind the ‘Cousin Eddie’ — that’s our RV, the ‘Cousin Eddie,’ a 43-foot Winnebago.”
Maddon explained that he and his wife, Jaye, were on a cross-country trip from the Tampa area to California when the Cubs called and they wanted to talk to him about becoming their manager. Maddon said he knew team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer from a job interview he had with the Boston Red Sox in 2003, when the organization hired Terry Francona instead. The meeting at the RV park verified what Maddon figured he knew.
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