The Chicago Cubs ended their century plus long drought last season, winning the World Series by beating the Cleveland Indians in extra innings of game seven. Their manager, Joe Maddon, was a key factor in the Cubs reaching the promised land. His managerial style was loose and fun.
Who Maddon is off the baseball diamond is the same kind of guy, loose and fun. Which explains why Maddon is a golf fan and putting together one heck of a tournament at the end of July. The name of the tournament is worthy of being a major on the PGA Tour. The tourney is called the “Try Not to Suck Celebrity Golf Classic”. If that isn’t funny, I don’t know what is.
Many Cubs legends and celebrities will be on hand, including: comedian Bill Murray, actor John Cusack, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Veder, Cubs legends Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins, and Kerry Wood are some of the big names participating in the event.
All the proceeds of the event will go to Maddon’s charity Respect90, which helps families financially and provides various outlets of self improvement for individuals. This is the second year of this tournament, last season it raised over $250,000.
The “Try Not To Suck” phrase started last season in spring training, when Maddon gave shirts with the quote to all players and coaches. The team really got a kick out of it, but clearly embraced the message, winning the World Series.
Maddon at one time was no slouch of a golfer, when he was younger he would hit in the mid to high 70’s. Comedian Bill Murray has been a lifelong golfer, his love of the game equals his love for his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. The tournament will be held on July 31st and will be featured on WSCR 670 AM in the Chicago region.
Not all celebrity golf tournaments become sell-outs, but this one did last year. There’s no doubt the intrigue of Cubs players being at the event is what made people go to the event, but something tells me what sealed the deal is the fact the tournament is called the “Try Not to Suck Celebrity Golf Classic”. Epic. Legendary. Would you expect any less from Joe Maddon?