"It's hard to express kind of how (it) feels. You kind of feel like it could be an end of an era," said veteran utilityman Ben Zobrist, who played for Maddon in Tampa Bay and Chicago. "When I look at my career, he's at the top. ... Joe's a special person. Those kind of people, let alone managers, don't come along very often."
"I think I could, yeah," he said. "I think, physically, this month helped me know that physically I'm not behind necessarily. I feel like I can keep up."