Cubs manager Joe Maddon shows off a new pink fundraising T-shirt


Joe Maddon shows off his new “If You Look Hot, Wear It” pink fundraising shirt at Miller Park on May 18th.

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MILWAUKEE - When he says it, there is only one thing to do.

Put it on a T-Shirt and raise some money for a good cause.

This philosophy worked well for Joe Maddon when his "Try No To Suck" slogan was put on a T-Shirt by Korked Baseball. The local business partnered with the Cubs manager to donate a portion of the proceeds to Cubs Charities, Maddon's "Respect 90" foundation and other organizations of his choice.

On Wednesday, Maddon surprised reporters in the Cubs' dugout at Miller Park by showing off his latest offering in fundraising apparel-this time it was quite eye-catching.

Maddon sported a pink T-Shirt with his slogan "If You Look Hot, Wear It." The shirt features that phrase in blue with a flamingo on one side of the shirt.

"It's just coming out today," said Maddon, who was eager to show off his newest fashion item

This "Maddonism" was used in Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona by the manager when discussing the team's dress code. It's been reference a couple of times since, especially when the team departed for a road trip in early May by wearing zany suits to Pittsburgh.

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Maddon says each Cubs player will get one of the pink shirts and they'll try to where them when the Cubs travel to San Francisco to play the Giants on Sunday night, a game broadcast nationally by ESPN.

"It's for a good cause and that's the whole point," said Maddon of the shirts. "This isn't about me. This is about the 'Respect 90' foundation. We've done really well, its been unbelievably good."

The shirts are just part of Maddon's efforts to raise money for "Respect 90" that includes auctioning off a Jeep and having a charity boxing match later in 2016. As far at the design of his most visible fundraising efforts, he said is a collaborative effort between Korked Baseball co-founders Jacob Chandler and Joe Ferro. Both were featured on CLTV's Sports Feed on March 8th.

"The thoughts are mine, they design," said Maddon of coming up with the T-Shirts.

Hey, maybe that's another slogan. Only time-and a cleaver design-will tell.




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