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It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions.
How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball.
Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics.
To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench. A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge.
The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential.
Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated loses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty.
The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.
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April 19, 2017
Following the emotional month that culminated with the Cubs winning the World Series, I contemplated what sort of memento I would like to honor the season with. Shirts and hats fade over time, and, newspapers, once in their protective covers, will only be taken out every so often. Last week, the...
June 10, 2017
Most boys or girls, in the US above the age of 8 and adults as well, likely know who won the last Baseball World Series: The Chicago Cubs. It has been a few years since their last one, it was in 1908, when they beat the Detroit Tigers. With such a drought without having a championship team, you w...
March 30, 2017
I was lucky enough to receive this great book as a Goodreads Giveaway.
When you live in Chicago and already know seemingly everything there is to know about the Cubs 2016 season, it is hard to imagine how a book about 2016 could tell you something you don't know. Tom Verducci did it.
April 12, 2017
Nearly everyone, including non-baseball fans, is aware of the story of the Chicago Cubs during the 2016 season. Having not won the World Series since 1908, the team was led by a core of young position players and not only compiled the best record in baseball, they broke the so-called “curse” and...
April 17, 2017
For someone I have interacted with once, for about 20 minutes, around 15 years ago (I interviewed him about steroids in baseball, as he broke the initial Ken Caminiti story in Sports Illustrated on the topic, and he was terrific), I have always had a love-hate relationship with what spews forth f...
April 15, 2017
One of baseball's best stories told by its best writer. Worth the read for every baseball fan.
April 29, 2017
Tom Verducci is senior writer at Sports Illustrated and a regular commentator on Fox baseball broadcasts. He published THE CUBS WAY: THE ZEN OF BUILDING THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL AND BREAKING THE CURSE earlier this spring. It is a very good read. So good, that I would call it a must read for any...
April 26, 2017
This was a fantastic book. One of the best baseball books I have read in a long time. Full disclosure I am a long suffering Cubs fan, but Verducci is such a great writer he brings the book to life for everyone to enjoy. He is such a good writer, and is extremely knowledgeable about baseball. His...
April 09, 2017
At times Tom Verducci seems to love his massive vocabulary more than his readers - I found myself thinking "who uses those words?" That one complaint aside, this is a very well written book. Verducci structures the book around the seven games of the 2016 world series - each game has one chapter d...
August 01, 2017
A dense, detailed account of how baseball's biggest losers became, at long last, World Series winners (prior to that fateful season, any book titled "The Cubs Way" would have been found in the humour section.) Verducci's admirably organized style goes a long way in chronicling cultural operandi,...