The Chicago Cubs are developing a reputation in baseball circles for doing things differently under manager Joe Maddon, so it should come as any surprise that the skipper’s dress code would be unique and fun?
On Sunday, Maddon met with a dozen players, whom he terms his “lead bulls,” and discussed what policies would be instituted in the clubhouse for the 2016 season. Among those items was the dress code, and Maddon doesn’t seem to be too preoccupied with what his team wears when it’s travelling during the campaign.
“If you think you look hot, you wear it,” he said. “That’s the dress code.”
Most teams in baseball prefer their players to wear suits and ties on the road, but the Cubs are not one of them. Last year they made a splash by wearing pajamas on a West Coast road trip (that image was personified by Jake Arrieta’s mustachioed onesie that he sported after tossing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers), and Maddon looks like he’ll maintain the status quo on that front.
“The $5,000 suit on the airplane ride makes no sense to me whatsoever unless you’re trying to impress – and I don’t know who you’re trying to impress,” he said.
While there are no themed road trips planned just yet (not that fans know of, anyway), Cubs fans don’t have to wait too much longer: the regular season begins in just two weeks.