(CBS) The Cubs continue to draw interest widespread interest as they’re on the verge of clinching the NL Central on Thursday night and will soon look to break a World Series drought dating back to 1908. And with that, of course, comes more Cubs-related questions and searches on Google.
Along those lines, manager Joe Maddon is the hot online topic of late, in part because of his blowup at umpire Joe West in a win at St. Louis earlier this week in which he was ejected right after Kyle Hendricks’ no-hit bid had been broken up in the ninth inning. Maddon search interest has spiked by 1,100 percent this week, per Google.
Here are the top questions (and answers) surrounding Maddon, per Google:
1. Why was Joe Maddon ejected?
A. He was upset with West after Hendricks lost the no-hitter.
2. How old is Joe Maddon?
A. 62 years old
3. What team did Joe Maddon play for?
A. He played in the minor leagues for Salinas, Santa Clara and Quad Cities in the 1970s
4. How tall is Joe Maddon?
A. 5 feet, 11 inches
5. Is Joe Maddon married?
A. Yes, to Jaye Sousoures
Third baseman Kris Bryant is the most searched-for Cubs players lately. Here’s the list:
1. Kris Bryant
2. Kyle Hendricks
3. Anthony Rizzo
4. Jake Arrieta
5. Jason Heyward
The Cubs will clinch the NL Central with a win against the Brewers on Thursday night or a Cardinals loss to the Giants. Chicago’s magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the NL is 10.