Joe Maddon was stumped.
How are Andrew Friedman and Theo Epstein different?
Maddon knows them well. As the manager of the Chicago Cubs, he reports to Epstein, the team’s president of baseball operations. When Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays, he worked alongside Friedman, now Epstein’s counterpart on the Dodgers.
Maddon didn’t state the obvious, which was that the brainiac in Chicago has World Series rings.
“I don’t know,” Maddon said.
“Theo can play guitar,” Maddon said. “Andrew would run away from that.”
The audience laughed.
“Theo likes to …” Maddon started.