AT&T PARK — Elimination games can be stressful ordeals. But a good manager/leader knows they can’t let that stress get to them.
If they do, it could affect the players, who are actually playing the game.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, possibly the most academic clubhouse leader in sports, draws on the philosophy of another world-class coach: Former 49ers head man Bill Walsh.
“He imagined he was standing behind a window on the sidelines to stay away from the emotions of the game,” Maddon said before Game 3 on Monday. “I think that’s a great method of trying to just not be a fan during the game, truly running the game, keeping your emotion out of the game, making better decisions, to stay behind the window and just observe the game.”
“I really try to avoid getting caught up in the emotion of the game,” he continued. “When you do that, man, you will miss something, whether it’s getting angry with the call, getting angry with an umpire, angry with your own player, maybe you made a decision that didn’t work out quitre right and you get caught in that moment too long. You got to stay behind that window.”