Cubs' Joe Maddon: The right manager at exactly the right time

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Some Cubs fans may believe that this year's magic comes from manager Joe Maddon.

Chicago has watched Maddon's unusual way of leading the team all year, which included bringing in magicians and animals to the clubhouse. However, is that the right leadership for this team?

Some are saying he's the right coach, at exactly the right time.

One leadership professor that FOX 32 talked to said his style of humor and discipline is peaking at the perfect moment. From ordering drinks for the media at this season's first press conference to letting animals roam the clubhouse, Maddon certainly has his own way of coaching.

Steve Trout, who's a former pitcher for the Cubs and White Sox, said it's paying off.

“I would have loved to have played for him, pitch in front of him," said Trout.

He added that Maddon is a good communicator, and is able to talk to the rookies and veterans all the same.

“They have to get themselves out of the seriousness sometimes, you really have to escape from the intenseness of being at bat," Trout said.

Rick Thomas is a UIC professor and Cubs fan.

“They wouldn't be where they are without him, I think he was the finishing piece," he said.

Thomas teaches classes on leadership and said that Maddon came in at the right time, with the right team.

“Even though they are a young team, I imagine there's some pretty big egos in that clubhouse, there have to be. That humor does a lot of things. First, it brings humility,” said Thomas.

For example, when the team wore onesies after a game.

Thomas also said Maddon is a good balance of humor and discipline.

“I've heard him say things like he doesn't tolerate lateness. I mean, he keeps them focused but then he keeps them loose," he said.

It's the perfect attitude going into the Wild Card game Wednesday and hoping for another celebration.

“For me it's the celebration of the season, not just today," said Maddon after clinching a post season spot.

Maddon is also known for telling his team, "Don't let the pressure, exceed the pleasure."