GREATEST PITCHER I EVER SAW RETIRES TODAY
By now you know that Sir Greg Maddux will be announcing his retirement today. A whole site can be devoted to his accomplishments, but I’ll just run down a few: 355 wins. Over 5000 innings pitched. 23 seasons in the bigs. 4 Cy Youngs. 18 Gold Gloves. Led the league in innings pitched for 5 consecutive years. Was an All-Star in 3 different decades. World Series champion.
I wasn’t old enough to drive when my beloved Cubs brought him to the bigs at age 20. He’ll retire just months before my 20-year high school reunion. And though there haven’t been as many championships as Chicagoans would have liked (insert Cubs joke here I suppose), there have been some of the greatest to ever play. Payton, Jordan, Sandberg, Thomas, Pippen, Fisk and of course, Maddux. I once saw him pitch a complete game with just 76 pitches. That was against the Cubs.
So a tip of the hat and sincere thanks to the greatest pitcher that I ever saw. We can now wait for his induction to baseball’s Hall of Fame. It will be interesting to note which moron decides not to put him on the first ballot. If he doesn’t get 100% of the votes it’s a shame.