Joe Maddon's greatest memory of playing on the Santa Clara Padres? Listening to Meat Loaf
Like many managers, Joe Maddon wasn't exactly the most gifted at actually playing baseball. Try as he might, he was out of organized baseball by 1979, having never advanced out of Class A ball. Which meant he was soon living out of a "closet" while playing for $200 on the independent Santa Clara Padres.
As he said before the Giants and Cubs squared off in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday:
Did anything stand out to him? Any lifelong friendships or lessons learned? Well, kind of. While he's not proud of the closet he lived out if, he did say, "That's when I really fell in love with 'Bat Out Of Hell' by Meat Loaf. Very popular."