Mad­don: Cubs not hav­ing fun yet

Themed road trip to San Fran­cisco may help cham­pi­ons.

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The World Se­ries cham­pion Chicago Cubs have had sev­eral themed road trips un­der man­ager Joe Mad­don in the last three years, in­clud­ing the One­sies trip home from Los An­ge­les in 2015 af­ter Jake Ar­ri­eta threw a no-hit­ter and the Min­i­mal­ist Zany Suit trip to Pitts­burgh last year.

Mad­don said he has been too fo­cused on the sea­son at hand to plan the trips in 2017. The Cubs have lost four of five, but Mad­don said they were “jacked up” for Sun­day night’s Easy Rider trip to San Fran­cisco.

“I don’t know that we’ve had enough fun this year, quite frankly,” Mad­don said. “And a lot of that comes with win­ning, ob­vi­ously. That’s just the nat­u­ral residue of win­ning, that you have more fun. I just think this is good tim­ing for right now.”

The Easy Rider trip, which stemmed from the brain of strength coach Tim Buss, had play­ers wear­ing black leather mo­tor­cy­cle vests in honor of the 1969 biker movie star­ring Peter Fonda and Den­nis Hop­per.

How­ever, in May the Cubs went 0-6 on an “An­chor­man” trip to Los An­ge­les and San Diego.

“I love it, I think it’s good,” Mad­don said. “Any­thing you can do to unify the group, it’s al­ways a good thing. It’s fun. And for the group that doesn’t un­der­stand it, that’s too bad that you’ve for­got­ten what it’s like to be a kid.”

Mad­don said his an­nual Amer­i­can Le­gion week, in which play­ers re­port to the club­house when­ever they get there, is sched­uled for the week af­ter the road trip.

“Lis­ten, we’re not go­ing to win it if we don’t re­ally en­joy the day,” Mad­don said. “You have to re­ally en­joy your­self. That’s the only way to do this.”

Rock­ies: Colorado had been 59-0 this sea­son with a lead af­ter eight in­nings be­fore the Phillies ral­lied for two runs in the ninth off closer Greg Hol­land to beat the Rock­ies 3-2 on Sun­day.

Dodgers: Los An­ge­les (7932) opened a sea­son-high, 151/2-game NL West lead af­ter Sun­day night’s win and moved 47 games over .500 for the first time since 1962.

An­gels: Sun­day’s 11-10 loss to vis­it­ing Oak­land took 4 hours, 12 min­utes, the long­est nine-in­ning home game in fran­chise his­tory.

Phillies: Right-han­der Aaron Nola has a 1.76 ERA in his last nine starts.

Yan­kees: Right-han­der Luis Sev­erino is 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last four starts.


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