Maddon immediately downplayed any significance that can be drawn from the team's past success.
"There's a lot of new guys, so a lot of guys who actually lived that moment are not here," Maddon said. "And I'm not one to always talk about the past and try to conjure up those kinds of comparisons. And, again, it's a new group of guys.
"They've not really felt that yet. My biggest concern and my main thought is to keep those who have not been in that moment to understand what it's like and to be able to function. You have to function well in these moments. So that's what I'm looking for among our group."
Maddon allowed that there is not a lot he can do as the manager to help make his team relax and perform up to their capabilities.
"The only thing I can do is try and set an example, visually, of how I am," Maddon said. "Because I really don't like to verbalize that."
Maddon firmly believes that doing less is a better approach at this point of the season, particularly when it comes to perusing scouting reports, doing video work or saying anything.
"The less everything right now is so much more than more," Maddon said. "There's not much more else to talk about. There's no more technique to be refined. It's pretty much about competing against the other side.
"It's pretty much wanting to win more than the other guy. That's what it comes down to -- and really enjoying the moment and staying in the moment. I really refrain from grandiose speeches to anybody. I might talk to a guy, a little jab in and out thing, rather than trying to be brilliant. First of all, I'm not, so why even try. I really think you can confuse people right now."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.