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The Cubs praise Greg Maddux

Apr 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

Lots of love from the Cubs about all the help Greg Maddux have them as a special assistant/jack-of-all-trades in Mesa this spring:

The former Cubs and Braves pitcher dabbled in a variety of duties
this spring, from watching pitchers to scouting to even throwing a
little batting practice. One day this past spring, Minor League catcher Chris Robinson was at
Fitch Park, and the Cubs were short of coaches to throw batting
practice. Maddux volunteered, threw a couple times to warm up, then
asked Robinson what he wanted to work on. Maddux then pinpointed the
pitches exactly where Robinson wanted . . .

. . . On a rainy day in February, Maddux was standing behind pitcher Jeff
Stevens, who was throwing in the batting cages. Stevens’ assignment was
to throw 20 pitches, rest, then throw another 20. After he began, Maddux
made a suggestion. “He’s pretty soft-spoken,” Stevens said. “He’d whisper one thing to you
— you’re going to trust him. He said, ‘Throw a slider here.’ He would
help me with sequence and gave me perspective.

And then you see what happened to the Cubs yesterday and you realize the full depth and breadth of the Braves master plan. It begins with Greg Maddux: double agent.  Step two will be revealed tomorrow.

Why no, I’m not bitter or jealous that my favorite player of all time has foresaken the team with which he had the most success and provided me the most joy for the team that never loved him the way we, er, I mean, the Braves loved him. No sir.

  1. Dan Whitney - Apr 6, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    One story I’ll never get tired of reading is from a few years ago, with the Padres, when the bullpen catcher caught him with his eyes closed.

  2. Stone - Apr 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I’m with you on this one, Craig. Damn the Braves for not playing Spring Ball in Arizona. Then Maddux would have been at our camp, not Chicago’s. Screw the Cubs, he’s our pitcher. Our’s, all our’s!

  3. Dan Whitney - Apr 6, 2010 at 6:00 PM the aforementioned

  4. Brian - Apr 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Well, it was Zambrano who started yesterday. He isn’t exactly known as the most coachable pitcher in the league. But, Notre Dame boy could sure use some Maddux tips on locating his pitches somewhere other than down the middle or out of the strike zone…

  5. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Apr 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    haha Cubs fans love Maddux too!

  6. willmose - Apr 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    The Cubs have been getting blown out of games for 100+ years, I didn’t realize Maddux was that old.

  7. Oggmonster - Apr 7, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Thank you, that was an awesome article.

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