From afar, Joe Maddon rooting hard for Cubs to win World Series: 'You never abandon your family'

David Ross recently sent a text to Maddon thanking him for all his support.
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(670 The Score) It was a year ago Tuesday that manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs parted ways. The decision came after the team had disappointing finishes in September in two straight seasons, including in an 84-78 campaign in 2019.

Maddon now manages the Angels and is watching the playoffs from home after his team went 26-34 in this shortened season. Meanwhile, the Cubs open playoff action by hosting the Marlins in Game 1 of their wild-card round series Wednesday afternoon. Before the Cubs got going, first-year manager David Ross sent Maddon a text thanking him for his support and guidance through the years. Ross played under Maddon in 2015 and 2016 in Chicago.

“David reached out to thank me for supporting him,” Maddon told 670 The Score. "He said there were times during the season he would recall how I did things and deal with details. He was very complimentary.”

Maddon is the most successful Cubs manager the last century-plus, and his contributions will forever live in franchise lore. He led Chicago to the World Series title in 2016, breaking a 108-year championship drought.

Now from afar, Maddon will be rooting hard for the Cubs to win the World Series.

"I was very humbled  by his text, and he made my day,” Maddon said. “Of course I have been pulling for David and the team's success. We are forever linked with the incredible year and years that are probably impossible to duplicate or exceed. You never abandon your family. As I am a part of building a new dynamic group here in Anaheim, I will always pull for my guys in Chicago. With our team (Angels) not being in the dance, I want them to win and win it all.”

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.