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#pounditSaturday, January 28, 2023

Joe Maddon delivers classic quote about not pitching Wade Davis in Game 2

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon made one of the more puzzling decisions of the MLB postseason on Sunday night when he chose not to bring closer Wade Davis into the 9th inning of a tie game, and the Chicago Cubs manager had an awesome way of explaining himself the following day.

When asked on Tuesday about his questionable decision to pitch John Lackey — who gave up a three-run homer to lose the game — instead of Davis, Maddon had a colorful response.

Maddon was expanding on his explanation from Sunday, in which he told reporters that he only wanted Davis to enter the game if the Cubs got the lead and he did not want to have him warm up and not pitch. Thus, the whole humping thing.

Most people don’t agree with Maddon’s logic. The respected manager said Davis was only available for one inning, but wouldn’t you rather send your most reliable reliever out there to preserve a tie and worry about the rest after? That’s the question Maddon has avoided answering.

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