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Joe Maddon’s 83-year-old mom got emergency police escort to Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. The Associated Press

On Friday, a fire on a plane at O’Hare Airport in Chicago led to delays that caused headaches for travelers across the country.

That included Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s 83-year-old mother, Albina, who was headed to Chicago from Hazleton, Pa. Her plane out east didn’t leave until about an hour before first pitch of Game 3, so the Cubs contacted the police, who met her at the airport.

“First of all, they had to tell her she’s not being arrested,” Maddon said Saturday. “Beanie, being from Hazleton, Polish Catholic, she would have imagined the worst first. They always do. So, the cop assured her, my niece and nephew Mike and Christine were also part of the party. So I guess (the police) threw them in the back (of the car) and just rushed them on in and got them into the will call and escorted her in and they got there by the second inning. ...

“I definitely appreciate our local police force for getting her in time.”

Take a look at what Maddon said.

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