Siegal: Joining the Cult of Joe Maddon
From SABR member Justine Siegal at The Washington Post on October 20, 2011:
There I was, in the middle of the hotel bar at the Baseball Winter Meetings, proposing the seemingly imaginable: a woman throwing batting practice to a major league team. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon listened intently as I explained to him how it would help show girls and boys that baseball really is a game for all. He asked about my qualifications; then gave me his contact info and said he wanted to help.
And that’s when I joined the ‘cult’ of Joe Maddon.
Joe Maddon lives an authentic life, one where he is true to himself regardless of the external pressures to conform. This authenticity translates into his successful work as a baseball manager. He is able to remain balanced in a sports world that often feeds on the frenzied state of wins and losses, salary wars and unsolicited opinions.
Read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/joining-the-cult-of-tampa-bay-rays-joe-maddon/2011/10/19/gIQAoh23xL_story.html
Related link: Siegal makes history with batting practice sessions (March 17, 2011)
Originally published: October 20, 2011. Last Updated: October 20, 2011.