Cubs bring back Reed Johnson


Cubs bring back Reed Johnson

This wont cause any huge ripple effects throughout the industry, but it will still be popular in the bleachers and within the clubhouse.

Keeping in line with Theo Epsteins quiet, methodical offseason, the Cubs made another incremental move on Tuesday, officially bringing back Reed Johnson on a one-year, 1.15 million deal.

When healthy not always a given because of his all-out style of play Johnson is an ideal extra outfielder.

Johnson was forced to take a minor-league deal last winter and made the team out of spring training. He wound up hitting .309 and appearing in 111 games for the Cubs last season. He finished with 22 doubles, five homers, 33 runs scored and 28 RBI.

Johnson also remembers what it was like in 2008, when he was a piece to a Cubs team that won 97 games and turned every day at Clark and Addison into a block party.

The 35-year-old brings a veteran presence to the room and could help mentor 2009 first-round pick Brett Jackson, who might be roaming the Wrigley Field outfield as soon as this summer.

For an organization trying to improve clubhouse culture and develop young players, Johnson is a fit.

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

What pressure?

Joe Maddon has embraced the pressure and expectations all season, so why would he be any different at the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years?

Before Friday's Game 3, Maddon fielded a question he's been asked at least two dozen times this season: Who has been your biggest influences for management style?

Only this time, Maddon had a different answer prepared:

"Michael Scott is probably the biggest influence," Maddon said.

He then smirked and explained "The Office" reference for everybody who might not know before going on to his real answer, thanking Gene Mauch, Marcel Lachemann and others.

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Of course, this isn't the first time Maddon has referenced Steve Carell's legendary TV character in a press conference.

Maddon has often used the line, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious," which fits so perfectly with baseball and all the wacky superstitions married to the history of the game.

And on the South Side for Crosstown action, the media press conference room presents like a lecture hall at U.S. Cellular (soon to be Guaranteed Rate) Field. 

Two years in a row, Maddon has said he feels like Michael Scott entering that room when "The Office" manager enters a lecture hall at Ryan's college classroom with boombox in hand.

Paul Pabst takes a hilarious stroll around Wrigleyville before Cubs host World Series

Paul Pabst takes a hilarious stroll around Wrigleyville before Cubs host World Series

The Cubs are hosting the World Series for the first time since 1945 which has created a huge buzz around the Windy City.

Paul Pabst, an executive producer on The Dan Patrick Show, came back to his hometown of Chicago to take a hilarious stroll down Wrigley Field to talk to lifelong Cubs fans prior to Game 3 of the World Series.

To list a few, Pabst interviews a fan who spent over $140,000 on World Series tickets, a 13-year-old, and God. (Yeah, you heard that right.)

Check out the entire video above.