The Cubs way: the zen of building the best team in baseball and breaking the curse

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The New York Times BestsellerWith inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions. It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions.  How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball.  Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics.  To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench.  A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge.   The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential.  Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated loses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty.   The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.
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display_description"Reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions"-- "How did a team of untested young players and carefully selected veterans come together to break the longest championship drought in professional sports? With exclusive interviews with all of the people integral to the World Series victory, The Cubs Way chronicles the Chicago Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball, revealing the keys to this incredible achievement. Beginning with Theo Epstein's first season with the team in 2012, Tom Verducci shows how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking when planning, step-by-step, the path to a championship. Leading the organization with a manual he helped develop called "The Cubs Way," Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry and character as well as statistics. To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench. A man who encourages themed road trips and a lack of rules to keep his team loose, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with old-school leadership to help his players find their edge. The Cubs Way tracks the untold stories of how key players such as Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Arrieta, and Lester were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein, and guided by Maddon to outperform expectations. Capping off the epic tale, The Cubs Way relives the magnificent highs and the precarious lows of the instant-classic seven-game World Series. From Maddon's game plans to rain-delay pep talks, Verducci provides a previously unseen view from the bench, inside the locker room, and even in the owner's box. This is the World Series unveiled. The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come."--Jacket.
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Baseball -- Coaching
Business Aspects -- SPORTS & RECREATION
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team)
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team) -- Management
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Epstein, Theo, -- 1973-
History -- Baseball
Maddon, Joe, -- 1954-
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title_displayThe Cubs way : the zen of building the best team in baseball and breaking the curse
title_fullThe Cubs Way The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
The Cubs Way The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse [electronic resource] Verducci, Tom.
The Cubs way : the zen of building the best team in baseball and breaking the curse / Tom Verducci
The Cubs way [electronic resource] : the zen of building the best team in baseball and breaking the curse / Tom Verducci
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