Say what you want about the Chicago Cubs and the disappointing end to their season, but you can't deny that Joe Maddon did the best he could while facing a lot of adversity.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo noticed that, which is why he came out publicly on Wednesday to defend his skipper amid all of the criticism he had been facing.
#Cubs Rizzo on Maddon: "I think he managed his ass off this year with what we've been dealt with as far as losing Yu, as far as losing Morrow, Stroppy going down late, K.B. not being healthy, and we still figured out a way to win. That's all a credit to him."— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 3, 2018
I mean, he's not wrong, and I don't think any of us could have said it any better.
The Cubs brought in Yu Darvish to strengthen a pitching staff that was already pretty strong. They lost him and Brandon Morrow to injury and had Kris Bryant and Pedro Strop out during parts of the season with injuries.
Despite everything he had to face, he led them to the National League Wild Card game and almost pulled out a win against a Colorado Rockies team that was scorching hot coming in.
Rizzo wasn't the only one who came out to defend Maddon. Javy Baez didn't hold back either.
It's not fair to put all of the blame on Maddon, who by the way led them to their first World Series title in over 108 years, when he had a crippled roster that wasn't at full strength.
Give him everybody back at 100 percent, and I bet you'll see the Cubs back in contention for the World Series once again next season.