In Hazleton, Pa., they still know him as Joey from the hill.
In Chicago, meanwhile, he’s a potential savior.
In Boston, he’s a distant dream.
In St. Louis, he’s the one that got away.
It has taken some time, but it seems the rest of the world has finally come to appreciate Joseph John Maddon and all of his eccentricities.
He’s 57 now, and essentially the same free spirit who left his parents’ home almost 40 years ago in search of a different kind of life. For most of that time, he has been anonymous. Overlooked. Maybe even taken for granted.
Not anymore. The legend of the plumber’s son grew a little more on Wednesday when he won his second American League manager of the year award.
And now Joe Maddon is the hottest commodity holding a lineup card.
“It is kind of strange,” Maddon said Wednesday from Hazleton, where he is working on an integration project he recently initiated. “What makes it even more surreal is that I’m in Hazleton with all of this stuff going on. When you’re among family and friends, and as tight-knit as we are, it puts a lot of things in perspective.
“To have all of this going on nationally, sometimes I have to step back and try to understand it all myself.”
Source: St. Petersburg Times