Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Cubs manager Joe Maddon

Big League Stew

You want to know what makes Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon one of the most beloved men in baseball? He’s got the gift of gab. You can see first-hand in this week’s episode of my 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards video series.

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He’s able to — off the cuff, while opening a pack of baseball cards — tell you exactly how long it took Lee Smith to walk from the Baltimore bullpen to the pitcher’s mound, recall scouting reports he wrote 30 years ago and re-live an ejection over arguing balls and strikes that he still thinks he’s right about. Baseball people don’t forget, man.

Joe Maddon on this week's episode of 25-year-old baseball cards. (Yahoo Sports)
Joe Maddon on this week's episode of 25-year-old baseball cards. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, we open packs of baseball cards that have been sitting around in the garage for 25 years. My grandma bought these back in 1992. They’re worthless now, so I figured I’d open them up with baseball people and see what sorts of stories they inspire. And you know a guy like Joe Maddon has stories.

If you dig the series, check out some of our previous episodes below.

PREVIOUSLY IN THIS SERIES:
Todd Coffey
Cliff Floyd
• Clint Hurdle
Dan Plesac
Dusty Baker
Bruce Bochy
Aaron Boone
• Clayton Kershaw
Buck Showalter
Frank Thomas
• Alex Rodriguez
• Scott Boras
• Bobby Bonilla
• Joel McHale
• Adam Eaton
• Rajai Davis
• Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard
• Ken Kendrick
• Jeff Passan

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Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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