Cubs' Joe Maddon a fascinated follower of political season

Joe Maddon is enjoying the drama of the current political season. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

MESA, Ariz. -- On the eve of Tuesday's primary day in Arizona, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had dinner with former presidential adviser David Axelrod. Maddon has taken a keen interest in the race for the White House.

"It’s been a very entertaining political season," Maddon said Tuesday. "It’s at the point where I prefer watching Fox and CNN over ESPN any day of the week. I’m totally enjoying the sport."

The Cubs were thrust into the political spotlight, albeit tangentially, when presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted about the team's ownership then followed up with comments to The Washington Post.

"Look, they are spending vicious," he told the paper. "I don’t even know these people. Those Ricketts. I actually said they ought to focus on the Chicago Cubs and, you know, stop playing around. They spent millions of dollars fighting me in Florida."

Florida is where Maddon is a registered voter and where he "exercised his right" with an absentee ballot. He knows better than to declare publicly whom he voted for.

"It’s very wise for me not to become political," he said with a laugh. "I think it’s wise for me to remain apolitical at this point.

"I’ve never wanted to go home and put on the news as much as I do right now. From the perspective of getting people involved and paying attention, it’s all good."

Maddon enjoyed his conversation with Axelrod, who asked him about baseball as much as Maddon asked about politics.

"I’ve probably never followed it as closely as I am now," Maddon said. "That’s all the political crap you’re going to get out of me."