Manager Joe Maddon altered the lyrics to Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect” Friday night when discussing a possible reason for Ben Zobrist’s recent surge. “R-E-S-T-E-D,” Maddon said. “That’s what it means to me.” Zobrist’s 3-for-4, two-home run performance quelled some of the questions regarding Maddon’s efforts to give his starters some rest while giving his reserves more playing time. Since the Cubs clinched a National League playoff berth 15 days ago, Zobrist has received four games off, and he has taken full advantage of the blend of rest and staying sharp. Zobrist is 11-for-22 in his past seven games after Friday night’s performance in the Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. “I think
Tim Tebow is making all kinds of news again, but not because of his religious beliefs, football abilities, or Skip Bayless’s obsession with him. Tebow, who hasn’t played organized baseball since he was in high school, has held workouts for teams in Major League Baseball in an effort to catch the attention of a minor league club and work his way toward a new career in a different professional sport. Tebow is a competitor at heart — and he wouldn’t be the first player to do it.