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Typically, when athletes are asked what they’re doing after winning a national championship, their answer is, “I’m going to Disney World.”

When Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon ’76 was asked the same question after winning this year’s World Series, he said, “I’m going back to Lafayette.”

Maddon, his wife Jaye, and alumni of Zeta Psi hosted a campus-wide party Friday night, on the eve of the Lafayette-Lehigh football game. There was free food and a performance by The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band which played at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Maddon even brought a surprise guest, legendary Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, to play with the band.

Joe also flipped pancakes with President Byerly at the annual breakfast on the Quad, gave the football team a pep talk, made an appearance during the game, and had a great time hanging out with students and alumni.

The jam-packed weekend included the Maroon Club Hall of Fame dinner, tailgates, and the midnight breakfast.

The visit also raised awareness for the Maddons’ Respect 90 Foundation which supports various charities including the Hazleton Integration Project (HIP). Rivalry T-shirts sporting Maddon’s famous catch phrase are still available to support these efforts.

Joe on Campus

Tailgates and the Game

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