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Faces of the winter meetings: Joe Maddon

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon made history when he led the team to their first World Series title in more than a century, but that didn't make him immune to some second-guessing for the way he handled his pitching staff in Games 6 and 7.

He talked about that during his managerial interview session at the winter meetings Tuesday:

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"It's fascinating to me regarding the second guessing because the only reality I know is that we won. That's the one reality that I do know. We have oftentimes talked about outcome. If you had done something differently, would it have turned out better? But better than winning, I don't know what that is.

"And furthermore, y'all know me, the people that are on me all the time, the way we worked that last game was prepared before the game began.

"When it comes down to Jon Lester, he did a great job. Not just a good job, he did a great job during his time in the game. Aroldis [Chapman] gives up a homer and it wasn't based on velocity, it was based on location. Those are the kind of things -- you can't control the narrative when the game is in the progress.

"And I have talked about the bar room banter and I definitely know that I was able to fill up, based on my decision making in that game, a lot of bar room banter throughout the Chicago area or nationally, internationally. But the point is when you work a game like that, there is not an eighth game, there is only a seventh game. Everything you saw us do that night I planned out before the game began and felt strongly about it and still do.

"Just take away one hit by Davis and it worked out pretty darn well. But then you have to give our guys credit for the way we withstood the onslaught and eventually won the game.

"The second-guessing component to me is part of the game. And I do embrace it. I kind of enjoy it. But in a situation like that, the outcome was a good one and everything that we did prior to win that game was pretty much set up before that game began."

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