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Chicks Dig The Long…Career

Posted by Matt on April 15, 2008

Editor’s Note: Discuss this article NOW over at ACC vs. SEC! – Chicks Dig The Long…Career

The now-42-year-old Greg Maddux won his 349th game on Sunday — a day before his birthday — in a 5.0 inning outing against his former hotel stop, the Los Angeles Dodgers. I admittedly couldn’t stand Maddux when he was an Atlanta Brave and, to be truthful, I couldn’t so much as stand John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery or, well, any of the Braves either during their run of domination in the 1990s and early 2000s.

But I will also admit that the longer a player most pundits describe as a “class act” continues to perform at high levels in years long after he should be able to, the more I tend to like and respect that player. I think this is the case for most other sports fans and is best outlined most recently with the Brett Favre Love Fest this past NFL season. Most people — myself included — want to see just how long a particular player can continue on at a successful and high professional level past the 40-year-old plateau.

What is more remarkable about Maddux, however, is that he has been taking care of business with unparalleled consistency and durability since 1988, his third year in the league after entering as a rookie in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, and with a fastball that only tops out around 47 MPH. The “Chicks Dig The Long Ball” commercial for Nike may have vaulted Maddux in to mainstream baseball popularity and 349 wins is an impressive feat, but a quit look at his season-by-season statistics tell the real story:

21 consecutive seasons with 25, or more, starts. 20 consecutive seasons with 198, or more, innings pitched. 20 consecutive seasons with 14, or more, wins. 14 total seasons with an ERA at, or below, 3.50. And all of this while sporting a career winning percentage of .620 with four different teams.

That is durability, that is consistency, and that is longevity.

Greg Maddux may very well be the greatest pitcher of my lifetime and he has acquired this designation without over powering size or power, but with unmatched control and a cerebral approach to the game of baseball. Maddux is a man among boys on the baseball mound in what has come to be known as “the steroid era” in Major League Baseball and all in a frame barely six feet tall and barely 170 pounds.

Greg Maddux’s career is simply amazing and though chicks may in fact dig the long ball, they also dig the long career.


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6 Responses to “Chicks Dig The Long…Career”

  1. MoonDog said

    You have to give Maddux credit not only for his longevity, but the fact he’s done it the right way. No roids or HGH or even a Red Bull found in his locker over the years.

    Nice scribble.

  2. The General said

    way to hate on the braves, jerkface

  3. Thanks for sharing that video. Haven’t seen that in a while. I used to love going to Atlanta and watch Maddux in the 1990’s era. He deserves the respect you gave him and thanks for the good read that helped me to recall some of the best times in my life… taking my kids to watch the Braves.

  4. Matt said

    Joyce, the pleasure is all mine. Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment, we appreciate it here.

    As far as The General goes…I am rubber and you are glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you. Sucker…

  5. Dude, Maddox is class. Matt, you are a poopy-head.

  6. Aedhelgrim said

    I have to agree. The Atlanta One-And-Outs are the Susan Lucci’s of baseball, except people actually have valid reasons to hate the softball team from My-Lanta. Even though he wore that hated uniform with a degree of honor unusual for that Little League team, my hats are off to Maddox.

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