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By Tom Verducci | Comments: ( 156 ) | Date: ( Dec 14, 2019 )

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 ChicagoWith 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.


  • Title: The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
  • Author: Tom Verducci
  • ISBN: 9780804190015
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Tom Verducci

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.Photo credit Fox Sports



Comments The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse

  • Brina

    Following the emotional month that culminated with the Cubs winning the World Series, I contemplated what sort of memento I would like to honor the season with. Shirts and hats fade over time, and, newspapers, once in their protective covers, will only be taken out every so often. Last week, the impeccable Cubs radio broadcast team had Tom Verducci on as a guest during one inning. Even the broadcasters who are with the team daily touted his new book The Cubs Way as being well researched and writ [...]


  • Fred Shaw

    Most boys or girls, in the US above the age of 8 and adults as well, likely know who won the last Baseball World Series: The Chicago Cubs. It has been a few years since their last one, it was in 1908, when they beat the Detroit Tigers. With such a drought without having a championship team, you would think the Cubs' fans might lose interest and attendance might fall off a bit. NOT SO! Cubs fans are the most loyal I have ever known. Secondly they beat the Cleveland Indians in the Series who thems [...]


  • Andrew Langert

    I was lucky enough to receive this great book as a Giveaway. When you live in Chicago and already know seemingly everything there is to know about the Cubs 2016 season, it is hard to imagine how a book about 2016 could tell you something you don't know. Tom Verducci did it. Verducci, the well-known Sports Illustrated writer and TV baseball analyst had incredible and unique access to every member of the Cubs team and front office. He goes in depth into everything you wonder about: how Joe Maddon [...]


  • Lance

    Nearly everyone, including non-baseball fans, is aware of the story of the Chicago Cubs during the 2016 season. Having not won the World Series since 1908, the team was led by a core of young position players and not only compiled the best record in baseball, they broke the so-called “curse” and defeated the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling 7-game World Series. The story of how this championship team was built is told in this outstanding book by Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci. He als [...]


  • Andrew Campbell

    Considering how much I read, I don't really own that many books. (Though I'm sure my wife would disagree.)Like, I have not even a shelf's worth of fiction. Most of the books I own are in two categories: baseball and movies. These my 9-year-old son thumbs through, and being as he reads at a high-school level he's finished most of them already.It was my birthday and at the dentist he read a Sports Illustrated that pushed Verducci's book. He insisted on getting it for me, despite his father being n [...]


  • Jeff Carroll

    For someone I have interacted with once, for about 20 minutes, around 15 years ago (I interviewed him about steroids in baseball, as he broke the initial Ken Caminiti story in Sports Illustrated on the topic, and he was terrific), I have always had a love-hate relationship with what spews forth from the keyboard of author Tom Verducci. This has almost nothing to do with Verducci’s actual work, which is typically knowledgeable, engaging, and deeply sourced. My issue has long been with the fact [...]


  • Robert Parker

    One of baseball's best stories told by its best writer. Worth the read for every baseball fan.


  • Andy

    This is NOT like a sequel to Moneyball. This is literally inside baseball for Cubbies fans. Only by reading between the lines can one gain insight into how Theo Epstein could leave Boston and repeat his curse-breaking magic in Chicago. Much of the detail in this book is irrelevant to that.


  • Brad Lyerla

    Tom Verducci is senior writer at Sports Illustrated and a regular commentator on Fox baseball broadcasts. He published THE CUBS WAY: THE ZEN OF BUILDING THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL AND BREAKING THE CURSE earlier this spring. It is a very good read. So good, that I would call it a must read for any serious fan of the Chicago Cubs and a very highly recommended read for other baseball fans.The release of CUBS WAY was timed to capitalize on the Cubs’ enormous popularity after the hugely entertaining [...]


  • Mike Kennedy

    This was a fantastic book. One of the best baseball books I have read in a long time. Full disclosure I am a long suffering Cubs fan, but Verducci is such a great writer he brings the book to life for everyone to enjoy. He is such a good writer, and is extremely knowledgeable about baseball. His only failing is he only has two books to his credit. (The other is another great read, Joe Torre: The Yankee Years)This books retells how the Chicago Cubs went from lovable losers to World Series Champio [...]


  • Stan Smith

    Meh. I enjoyed reading about baseball during the playoffs, but for me this book had more things to not like than like. If you are a Cubs fan, you might enjoy, though. First, I'm not a huge Tom Verducci fan. He is obviously passionate about baseball (see his pitching articles, which dissect the art and science of pitching in minute detail and can be found frequently online at SI and in the pages of Sports Illustrated). But there are sections here where the spin rate of pitches is just not that us [...]


  • Diane Yannick

    My rating of this book should hold about as much weight as a treatise by Donald Trump on the Middle East. However, since I read every word, I'm determined to review it and count it toward my 2017 book challenge. I am not a big baseball fan but I love to read stories about underdogs coming out on top. I knew that Tom Verducci is a reputable author who has spent his life covering baseball for SI. Plus I read glorious reviews by baseball lovers. AND I saw David Ross on DWTS and I totally liked his [...]


  • Sean Nemecek

    At times Tom Verducci seems to love his massive vocabulary more than his readers - I found myself thinking "who uses those words?" That one complaint aside, this is a very well written book. Verducci structures the book around the seven games of the 2016 world series - each game has one chapter dedicated to it. In between these are chapters telling background stories of the players and front office staff that made this team a winner. This structure makes for a very compelling story. This book is [...]


  • Dan Lalande

    A dense, detailed account of how baseball's biggest losers became, at long last, World Series winners (prior to that fateful season, any book titled "The Cubs Way" would have been found in the humour section.) Verducci's admirably organized style goes a long way in chronicling cultural operandi, rationalizing in-game strategy, and supporting sub-radar statistics. But while the book rightfully spotlights the team's kookiest characters, led by one-of-a-kind manager Joe Maddon, the analytical Verdu [...]


  • Christina Dudley

    This was a fascinating and fun read for baseball lovers, and how I wish Theo Epstein would next turn his sights to helping the Mariners. The Cubs may not have won the World Series for a century, but we've NEVER EVEN BEEN, for Pete's sake!


  • Liz De Coster

    This book was in high demand even at my non-Chicago-area public library, so I didn't finish it in one go. I think that speaks to the broad interest in a story told by a veteran sportswriter. Verducci makes the 2016 season read like a story, and for the most part doesn't shy away from on- or off-field issues, like Chapman's domestic violence history, or Maddon's pitcher management in Game 7. The book has a good mix of journalism, sports reporting, baseball analysis, and management theory - really [...]


  • Matt Athey

    Really enjoyed this novel like approach to a story where you already know the ending. The backstories, detail, and analysis are expertly written in a very engrossing manner. Maybe it's the Cubs fan in me but I felt like I could smell the grass, hear the sounds, and see the games being described. My heart pounded reading the game narratives almost as much as it did while watching it live. Good book for any baseball fan and an excellent one for any die hard Cub fan.


  • Ryan

    This book is as much about teamwork, management and the belief in everyone's ability to contribute than it is about a baseball game. Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs amazing 2016 World Series this book tells how the management of the Chicago Cubs, and the players themselves, worked to build a team that could accomplish the impossible.


  • Mike

    Alternating between the game-by-game details of the 2016 World Series and the backstories of several key Cubs players, Verducci provides a thorough understanding of how Theo Epstein's emphasis on character, and Joe Maddon’s unconventional management style, guided this talented team to its first championship in 108 years. If you’re like me and you’ve been in a state of euphoria ever since Michael Martinez grounded a ball to Kris Bryant, this book offers a comprehensive look back at that inc [...]


  • John Wheeles

    Picked this up as a gift for a huge baseball fan. Great pictures in the center section. The index of names is extensive. And, this book is written by a baseball expert, the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated.


  • Douglas Perry

    Probably the best baseball book I've ever read. In analyzing the 2016 World Series victory of the Chicago Cubs, Verducci reaches back five years (and further) to connect the dots. Chapters of this retrospective analysis are interweaved with chapters on play-by-play analysis of each postseason game.


  • Travis Cook

    Nothing new here, really, but Verducci is one of the best writers of baseball today, and the story is still a fun one. Even when it gets heavy handed, it's tolerable. Worth a read - especially if you're a Cubs fan, I gather. (I am not, but I am a baseball fan, so there's that)


  • Scott G.

    The Cubs won the 2016 World Series. People forget that.


  • Krista Doerr

    Listened to this on audio - was interesting to hear how Epstein created the winning team. Go Cubs Go!!


  • Juliana Miller

    I loved this book. Well written and full of wonderful background. Just like the game 7 ending, I was moved to tears. A must read for Cub fans


  • Matt Ely

    This has to be the go-to resource for the story of the Cubs rebuild. There's a lot of new material that helped informed the nuances of the last few seasons. Verducci goes to great lengths to examine all the characters involved. But he is a journalist, not a fan, so he does not shy away from the ugly side of things. I'll admit, I wish I'd read this before the 2017 season. I think that 2016 works best as the conclusion to a story, so it was odd to read this and have the same Cubs struggling mighti [...]


  • Chuck

    Can't say enough good things about this book. A must for any Cubs fan. I enjoyed reliving the Championship run and learning how they got to that magical moment.


  • Nate

    The author had nice access to key players and the manager through what turned out to be a very successful season and postseason (spoiler alert Cubs win World Series 😂). A must for Cubs fans!


  • Paul Brewer

    The 'Moneyball Revolution' in baseball has now ended the two most fabled World Series droughts in the sport -- in 2004 the Boston Red Sox finally overcame the Curse of the Bambino, and in 2016 the Chicago Cubs defeated the Curse of the Billygoat. At the centre of both successes was one man, Theo Epstein. It would take a lot to derail his deserved case for entering the Hall of Fame at this point, as an executive; and yet I am not a fan. This book helps explain why. I was an 'early adopter' of the [...]


  • Nate

    The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, a non-fiction biography written by Tom Verducci following the months after the Chicago Cubs "Broke the Curse." On November 2, 2016, the unbelievable occurred. Being mocked for years for having an infamous 100 year drought in winning their respective sport's championship, Cubs' fans finally got ot rejoice upon winning the World Series title. Tom Verducci follows the Cubs' through the rebuilding process and thoroug [...]


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