Maddon was fired as the Angels manager (a job he’d held since 2020) on June 7. On Saturday, he made it known that he won’t be at the ceremony to honor the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s lone World Series winning team.
Joe Maddon, fired as #Angels MGR on Tuesday, said he will not participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the 2002 World Series championship team before the June 22 game vs. #Royals. "Better for everyone else," he said. Maddon was bench coach on the 2002 team.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 12, 2022
Fortunately, Maddon will have the chance to enjoy other reunions in the coming years. Maddon was the manager of the 2016 Chicago Cubs — who won the World Series — as well as the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, who not only won the franchise’s first pennant that year but also reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and posted the first-ever winning season that year. Maddon will certainly be a part of those reunions.
He’ll also likely be present in future years when the Angels honor the 2002 team. Even after he left the Angels and enjoyed success in Tampa and Chicago, the Angels obviously had a special place in his heart.
Angel fans, don’t forget Maddon has spent 30+ years with the Angels franchise. He was part of the coaching staff when we won in 2002. He celebrated his championship with the cubs in 2016 by warring his fathers Angels cap. This man has done so much for the game & Angels. #GoHalos pic.twitter.com/eIZ3e3gw6a
— Angels in the Outfield (@Angels_Brass) June 7, 2022
The timing here is unfortunate. We’d have to think that if the reunion was held even just a few weeks later, he’d be more inclined to go. But going to a team’s reunion only two weeks after you he was fired by the same franchise would certainly create some unnecessary awkwardness.