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Greg Maddux was really excited to pitch. Really. Excited.

Jan 9, 2014, 9:11 AM EDT

Greg Maddux

Dan Bickley has an appreciation of Greg Maddux today. The appreciation comes with the help of an anecdote from Mark Grace, Maddux’s teammate with the Cubs. And, well, just …

When they played together on the Cubs, Mark Grace once noticed Maddux walking around the pitching mound in a very strained, uncomfortable manner.  Fearing his teammate was hurt, Grace approached the mound, only to find Maddux in an state of obvious physical excitement, the kind normally reserved for passionate endeavors.

“Man, you really do love to pitch,” Grace marveled.

Greg Maddux was already my favorite baseball player of all time. He is now my favoriter.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I hope you already have the hotel booked and tickets on order for Braves Weekend in Canton Craig! Should be a great time.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Grace told this story to Jim Rome over 10 years ago.

      Hopefully Maddux has visited the emergency room since then, it’s advised if the condition lasts over 3 hours.

      • mckludge - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        No Maddux start ever lasted over 3 hours.

  2. voteforno6 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Thomas Boswell also had a nice column about Maddux in yesterday’s Washington Post (

  3. slystone111 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    So, you have a hard on for Greg Maddix?

    • alexo0 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      A hard-on for Maddux’s hard-on.

  4. baseballisboring - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    As in he had a boner? Wtf. That must be uncomfortable in a jock strap…weird…

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      No way, it’s awesome. Where do you think the phrase ‘banana hammock’ came from?

      • scatterbrian - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Not from having a boner in a jock strap.

  5. dan1111 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Is this the kind of thing writers weren’t allowed to report on in the old days? Because maybe all of those journalistic conventions weren’t so bad…

  6. cur68 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Good thing Murray Chasshole never say that mound-boner. He’d have convicted Maddux of juicing it on the spot. If bacne is enough proof of PEDs, then unwarranted pitching kill-boners oughta be a slam dunk.

  7. js20011041 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Does anyone else think it’s a little creepy, the way that Bickley describes Grace in that quote? This is a funny story, but I don’t think I ever want to be described as marveling at another man’s erection.

    • genericcommenter - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      We’re all adults here, and secure in our masculinity. And we’ve spent our entire lives observing and marveling at the physical performance of a bunch of sweaty dudes.

  8. chacochicken - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Hey, it happens to the best of us.

  9. nymets4ever - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Uh..okay then?

  10. historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Hmmm, I wonder if we shouldn’t develop some kind of system to tag certain items in the headline. As in: some symbol or something to indicate “dude post.” That way I can avoid what promises to be a comment section dedicated to an extended erection discussion.

    • cur68 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      extended erection discussion


      • historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        You’re welcome. 😉

  11. someguyinva - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Couldn’t have been due to any ED pills, because Maddux’s games never lasted four hours.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Sigh January 9th and we might have the comment of the year already. Bravo

      • El Bravo - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Huh whuh did someone call my name?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        [Baxter] You know I dont speak spanish

  12. professormaddog31 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I troll the internet at all hours of the night, looking to discover old photos of Greg that I’ve never seen before, and because of that I happened upon a screen cap of him in his Dodgers days with his hands down his pants, **adjusting** things.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll probably have horrible pervy thoughts for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Craig.

  13. stinkfingers - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Viagra is a “performance” enhancing drug, aint it?


    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      was good enough for Raffy to endores

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Was good enough for Raffy to endorse

  14. cougarts76 - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I’m sure Maddux appreciates Grace sharing that story!

  15. bgould74 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM


  16. xdj511 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I vaguely recall a book I read years and years ago about the 79-80 Rangers. It was pretty risque for its time, I think it was written by someone who contributed to Playboy magazine. Anyway I remember it talking about some of the players getting… excited… whenever they scored a goal. Maybe it’s not such an unusual phenomenon.

    • chad10 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      There’s a Bump Wills joke in there, somewhere.

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