Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for being unconventional and it appears his compliments follow suit as he praised starter Travis Wood with a pretty odd term after his Wednesday night victory, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"He's different. As pitchers go, you could label him as a dirtbag. I kind of love that phrase when you’re talking about a good baseball player, and he is that—no excuses, ready to go. Give me the ball, I’m fine."
Wood gathered seven strikeouts and gave up just three hits in seven shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds, and when he heard about Maddon's description of him he agreed that it was a compliment.
Hopefully everyone Maddon calls a dirtbag is as understanding about his alternate definition of the term.
- Brendan Maloy