MILWAUKEE – Sticking to sports becomes impossible when Donald Trump calls protesting NFL players sons of b------ and feuds with NBA superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James on Twitter while the University of North Carolina’s national championship men’s basketball team declines a White House invitation (scheduling conflict) and Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell takes a knee during the national anthem. All that happened within 24-plus hours, a head-spinning news cycle that will not stop. It’s impossible to escape for a high-profile organization with political connections like the Cubs. That’s how manager Joe Maddon wound up feeling the heat in Miller Park’s visiting dugout before Sunday’s game
A day after social media backlash over comments he made to the Sun-Times, Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried to clarify the thoughts, saying he didn’t understand the full context of the question and was not criticizing LeBron James, Steph Curry or any other athletes engaged in Twitter battles with President Trump. “I’ve always spoken what’s on my mind, and I’ve always respected other people doing the same,” Maddon said Sunday. After Maddon finished his postgame media session following Saturday afternoon’s loss, he was asked if he was willing to take a question about the developing controversy over the Warriors’ scuttled White House visit, since the Cubs and Patriots were the two professional champions to visit the Trump White House.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras wasn’t thinking about the right hamstring strain he suffered about six weeks ago as he sprinted to first base on a slow grounder to third in the seventh inning Sunday against the Brewers. “I knew that I was going to be safe, that’s why I ran hard,” Contreras said. “I took a chance with a 1-0 (lead). I have to run the ball out. If we’re winning by three or four (runs), I would have taken it easy.” Contreras beat Travis Shaw’s throw to first, and Ben Zobrist followed with a convincing two-run home run that provided Jose Quintana and the Cubs with plenty of cushion in a 5-0 victory over the Brewers. “How about that?” manager Joe Maddon gushed. “And he goes on a steal