Maddon had a conversation with A-Rod about Darvish comments

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Mark Donnan - USA Today Sports
Mark Donnan - USA Today Sports

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had to do a sitdown in his office with ESPN commentators including Alex Rodriguez before Sunday night's game with the Washington Nationals.

Rodriguez told reporters that he sent a few text messages recently about his controversial comments about Yu Darvish to Maddon but got no response.

Maddon spoke to reporters about his conversation to A-Rod before the ballgame.

"My job, I believe, is to protect my group," Maddon said. "Quite frankly, it's no different than being a parent. "When you speak badly of my group, our group, it brings out the Hazelton in me."

Maddon finished up by saying it was a great conversation and he hoped to build a relationship with A-Rod and has moved on from the situation.

"Alex and I had a really nice discussion and we talked openly about it (Darvish comments)," he said.

A-Rod told the media before the ballgame that the meeting went well and he and Maddon made plans to have drinks.

"I do have a lot of respect for Joe and the Cubs organization and I have for a long time and that hasn't changed," he said according to Cubs.com's Carrie Muskat. "As a matter of fact, before I go to rehearsal, Joe and I plan to have drinks together, so that's planned, that's in the books."




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