Sarah Maddon (center) with Cubs manager and her dad Joe Maddon and other family members at Wrigley Field. [Sarah Maddon]
CHICAGO — Like his grandfather, 4-year-old Tre Bystry is all in for the Cubs this postseason.
Of course, Tre's granddad is Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has the North Siders within four victories of their first World Series appearance since 1945.
Tre celebrated a victory over the Cardinals in the National League Division Series with a haircut featuring the Cubs' logo shaved into the back of his head and then painted red and blue. His younger sister, Carson, 7 months, is also into the act as she's sporting Cubs ribbons on her otherwise bald head. Older sister Tyler, 13, has been decked out in Cubbies apparel as well.
"My dad has been in this position before, but there's just something about the Cubs. It's indescribable," said the kids' mom, Sarah Maddon, one of two Maddon children. Sarah Maddon's brother, Joey, lives about 10 minutes away from her in Mesa, Ariz., where they were born and raised.
"We're very proud of what he's done this year, and over his whole career. This is pretty magical, I guess," Sarah Maddon added on Friday, a day before the Cubs begin their best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Mets.
Sarah Maddon said it's weird to see her dad on TV, either during a game or starring in a commercial. To her, Maddon is Da. If Tre ever gets in trouble, she threatens to call "JoePa" to keep her son in line.
"We don't look at him as a celebrity," she said of the Cubs' skipper. "He's just the same old guy that would pick us up from school during the offseason or take me and my friends to something. All those memories stand out when I think of him, and this is just icing on the cake."
Sarah Maddon, who played baseball until she was 10 years old, takes the game seriously. She scared Carson — who's named after the street Joe Maddon grew up on in Hazleton, Pa. — when the Cubs clinched against the Cardinals because she was screaming at the TV.
"I told her, 'You have to get used to this sweetheart, this is Mom,' " she said.
Cubbie babe🐻 pic.twitter.com/pGf2rPzNNQ— Sarah Maddon (@SarahMaddon) October 4, 2015
She doesn't get to talk on the phone too much to her dad much during the season, but Sarah Maddon has frequent group texts with Joe and Joey Maddon. She said "we all just kind of goof around" in the texts.
Sarah Maddon wouldn't go as far as to say the Cubs will win the World Series this year, but she wouldn't be surprised.
"Of course I want them to win the World Series," she said. "But like my dad, I'm not too superstitious. I like to just live in the moment. But how cool would it be? If you're a baseball fan, a sports fan, you would have to appreciate it."
Sarah Maddon with her husband, Theo, and three kids: Tyler, 13; Tre, 4; and Carson, 7 months. [Sarah Maddon]
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