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'Try not to suck' catching on, T-shirt benefits Joe Maddon's foundation

MESA, Ariz. -- Little did Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon know that when he jokingly told Javier Baez “not to suck” last year after Baez was called up from the minors that the saying would end up on a T-shirt. Maddon has partnered with Korked to raise money for his Respect 90 foundation, debuting the shirt at practice Sunday morning.

Maddon’s favorite gimmicks happen “organically” -- not as a planned or staged event -- and this fits right in.

“I don’t sit down and think ‘Oh, what am I going to do next?’” he said. “If it plays that way, there is an authenticity to it. Let’s see how it plays out. I appreciate the company coming on board.”

The shirts retail for $29.99 while the saying is quickly becoming another Cubs slogan to go along with “Embrace the Target.”