The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci
The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse

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“The Cubs Way” is a lush accounting of one of the most thrilling championship runs in American sports history—by the numbers and by the personalities that made it happen.
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With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.

It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions. 

How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. 

Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics. 

To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench.  A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge.  

The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential. 

Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated loses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty.  

The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.
 

About Tom Verducci

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Tom Verducci is Sports Illustrated’s senior baseball writer and a two-time National Sportswriter of the Year. He is also a two-time Emmy Award-winning game and studio analyst for FOX Sports and MLB Network. He was the co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre.

Author Residence: Princeton, NJ

Author Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
 
Published March 28, 2017 by Crown Archetype. 396 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds on Mar 31 2017

But it is almost certainly wrong to find any fault with Verducci’s book. THE CUBS WAY is a tale of joy, redemption, making the last out in the last inning of the last game of the year, and bringing a tidal wave of celebration across the Upper Midwest. It is the kind of story that only a Cardinals fan could hate.

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Reviewed by Jonah Keri on Apr 07 2017

“The Cubs Way” is a lush accounting of one of the most thrilling championship runs in American sports history—by the numbers and by the personalities that made it happen.

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