Maddon aims for long 'honeymoon' with Cubs

Maddon aims for long 'honeymoon' with Cubs

CHICAGO -- So far, Chicago and Cubs fans have welcomed Joe Maddon.

"I guess the honeymoon is on, and I anticipate the honeymoon to be forever," the new Cubs manager said Wednesday.

Maddon has had good experiences around the city this week. He did load up on layers so he was prepared for the cold April weather, and said he missed having the same taxi driver Wednesday that he had Tuesday.

"It's very complimentary," he said of the fans' reaction. "It's part of the job. I dig it. The fans, they don't come at you all the time, they're very respectful. It's been a nice beginning, and I hope it stays this way."

Maddon can live with the ongoing construction at Wrigley Field.

"I am so thrilled to be here. I'll take the gaffes," he said. "It's undergoing a facelift."

He's getting settled. When Tuesday's game was postponed, it gave him time to purchase some brown shoes that he forgot to pack. Fans have asked him to pose for selfies.

"I enjoy this stuff," Maddon said. "It's part of living. To be given this opportunity right now, it's about the experience. I really want to suck it all up. I want it to be great."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.