Jake Arrieta followed up his no-hitter by taking a 'spoxing' class at Wrigley Field
Jake Arrieta follows no-hitter with 'spoxing' class
What does a pitcher do after throwing a no-hitter? If you're the Cubs' Jake Arrieta, you take part in a "spoxing" class at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta, who no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday and was named National League Pitcher of the Month on Thursday, joined his wife, Brittany, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon's wife Jaye in one of the three classes on the concourse at the ballpark. Participants paid to do the combination spinning and boxing 50-minute exercise class, and proceeds will benefit the Crushers Club of Chicago.
Joe and Jaye Maddon hosted a "Respect the Main Event" on Wednesday night which featured local boxers, including some from the Crushers Club, which opened in March 2013 to provide kids with an alternative to gangs. Sally Hazelgrove, the club's executive director, said this is the first time any organization has offered to help.
"This is so empowering for them," Hazelgrove said of the club's young members.
Jaye Maddon had visited the club twice to make sure it was something they wanted to support.
"One of the things Joe and I liked is that [Hazelgrove] is really strict with the kids but loves every one of them," Jaye said. "They know they're loved."
Some of the kids from the club, including one of the boxers, helped spoxing creator Esther Solano demonstrate the exercises during the class, held under the Wrigley Field marquee at Clark and Addison streets. Thursday would've been a bullpen day for Arrieta, who will make his next start Saturday against the D-backs at Wrigley. Joe Maddon gave the pitcher his blessing to participate.
"It was fun to come out here -- it's not far from where live and we wanted to support Joe and Jaye," Arrieta said. "We wanted to support a good cause. [Wednesday's] event was great and really first class. The venue was incredible, the staff, the people there were tremendous, and today was just something that we are very passionate about, being active and being healthy, so we figured we'd give it a shot. We had a great time."
They did work up a sweat, and not just because it was 90-plus degrees out. Solano led the class, which begins with spinning, then switches to boxing gloves and punching bags.
"I've never had a workout that held my attention like this," Jaye Maddon said.
She liked it so much, she and Solano opened Epic Boxing & Fitness in Tampa Bay, Fla., in February, and someday, Jaye Maddon hopes to have studios in all the Major League cities.
That would give Arrieta and others a chance to "spox" again.
"It's a really good workout," he said.