JOE MADDON: Well, I haven't been here. I've been an American Leaguer. I never was in Chicago, Wrigley, until a couple years ago. But there's been a lot of burden placed, and I think, quite frankly, it's misplaced. The fact that it's today. It's now. It's present tense. And I totally respect what's happened in the past, and I totally respect our fan base. But if you just want to carry the burden with you all the time, tonight would never happen.
So for me, it was about in Spring Training trying to define this whole thing, and that's where really running towards expectations and running towards pressure was really important, I thought, as opposed to running away from it.
I think, my perception, and again I might be wrong, but that's what I think I've seen and heard about in the past. Everybody's waiting for the other shoe to drop. And you've got to expect something good to happen as opposed to that.
And I know even tonight, I'm certain people would be doubtful the way it all played out, but that's the game of baseball. There's professionals on both sides. Both teams are good, and there's going to be an ebb and flow to the game. It has nothing to do with curses, superstition. It has nothing to do with what's happening today, nothing. If you want to believe in that kind of stuff, it's going to hold you back for a long time.
I love tradition. I think tradition is worth time mentally, and tradition is worth being upheld, but curses and superstitions are not.
So it's really great for our entire Cub-dom to get beyond that moment and continue to move forward, because now based on the young players we have in this organization, we have an opportunity to be good for a long time, and without any constraints, without any of the negative dialogue.
You know me. We've known each other for a while. That's the best way. The burden has been lifted. It should have never been there in the first place, I don't think, but now we can move forward.
Q. I wonder, obviously the 7th game, everybody's pitchers are kind of running on fumes. I wonder if you had any, as you watched obviously the problems that Chapman had, if you had any occasions to sort of second-guess yourself, Game 6?
JOE MADDON: Here's how it goes: I mean, Chappy, he's our guy in that moment. We narrowed it down to four outs. I mean, if you want to really complete the thought process, their guys are really rested and we hit them, whereas Chappy had just pitched yesterday, and I felt really confident because he felt great going into tonight.
So the Cubs beat up on Miller tonight and got to their other guys because the Cubs are good. The Indians beat up on Chapman tonight because the Indians are good. So that's the part of this game.
And I love it. Listen, I love it. I think barroom conversations are great. I used to hang out at Bellhops back in Hazleton, and we used to talk about stuff all night long. I think it's wonderful. But sometimes people forget that both sides are good. And we demonstrated that tonight versus them. They demonstrated that versus us. We ended up with an 8-7 win. But quite frankly, everything was going according to plan, the way it all worked out. They scored runs on our dribbler in front of the plate, and a wild pitch scored two runs, which is really unlikely.
And I thought Jonny Lester was fantastic.
And then Chappy, he felt really good about that. He felt good about going in. He was very distraught after we took him out. But I give him credit for hanging in that next inning and doing what he did, and that permitted us to win. Don't overlook that.
Q. Your thoughts on another good offensive performance. Big hits, all over the lineup and all three catchers, I think, drove in a run tonight.
JOE MADDON: Yeah, our catchers were fantastic. The three-headed monster, talking about the trilogy in their bullpen, we had the trilogy behind the plate. They all contributed wonderfully. They're all ready to play. Give Miggy a ton of credit. Miggy plays so infrequently, and he had the big hit against Blanton, against the Dodgers. He came up big again tonight. Always ready to perform. This series, he deserves so much credit for what he did, and how he handled the pitching staff through that final moment.
So we're very fortunate to be able to choose among the three. They all have their strong points. They've all done really well with different pitchers. But you've got to give Miggy a ton of credit tonight.
Q. Two subjects here: One, there is a bit of a buzz about Jason Heyward's speech in the weight room during the rain delay?
JOE MADDON: Yeah, yeah.
Q. What you know about that, what you heard, what it was all about? Two, you're at the end of this crazy game.
JOE MADDON: Right.
Q. And by then your closer's going to be a guy with two career saves and zero career saves. How you felt standing on the top stop watching it play out?
JOE MADDON: I felt confident. Well, you saw CJ get the two quick outs and all of a sudden it got away a little bit. So you have to have somebody prepared in that moment. But I do know one thing, I know CJ will be better for that next year. I do know that. And I love Montgomery's curveball in that moment against a good right-handed hitter. So I loved all that. I felt good.
But we had other alternative plans working through that. We had Stroppy ready. Eventually it was going to be Woody and then -- no, Stroppy after that, and then we're going to get back to the top of the order and it was going to be Grimm. So they were all laid out. We had everything laid out going into that last inning.
The meeting, I walked off the field, the rain delay. It's crazy how things happen for a reason. I don't know. But I walk off and I see them all gathering in that little room down below there, and they had a meeting. And I'm upstairs just checking out the weather map and the boys. Like I told you, I hate meetings. I'm not a meetings guy. I love when players have meetings, I hate when I do. So they had their meeting and the big part of it was, we don't quit. We don't quit.
But it also, and I want to bring this up because you might have seen me after the game, he it gave me time to grab my dad's hat. My dad's been there for the 2002 win in Anaheim, and he was here tonight. I had him stuffed on the back of my pants underneath my hoodie. Yeah, the hat, after the rain delay. I didn't want to put too much pressure on him.
So, it's incredible how this all plays out sometimes. You have to believe in order to see things, and I do believe. But it was great to have my dad there for two World Series victories.