October 21, 1995 |
In one corner, you have Mr. October. In the other corner, you have Mr. April-May-June-July-August-September. So those classic World Series pitching matchups don't roll off the assembly line any more perfectly than this: Orel Hershiser versus Greg Maddux. They will duel tonight in baseball's first World Series game in 728 days. And this sport couldn't script it any better. It gets a dream World Series in Indians versus Braves. It gets the ultimate pitcher's duel in Hershiser versus Maddux.
October 11, 1998 |
Greg Maddux said he had lost this game on one pitch, and the Cy Young collector from Atlanta was right. He did lose Game 3 of the National League Championship Series yesterday on one pitch. Only thing is, he didn't lose it on the pitch he thinks he did. He didn't lose it on that fifth-inning fastball, the one Steve Finley turned into the gapper that fueled a two-out, two-run rally and propelled the rampaging San Diego Padres to a 4-1 victory over the Braves at deafening Qualcomm Stadium.
August 18, 1997
There is no longer a need to tune in to Wall Street analysts for predictions (guesses?) as to which investment approach to take for the next boom. The next successful investment vehicle is "pitching," and it's part of a repeatedly ridiculous sport (business?) called baseball. The Atlanta Braves, predicting a bull market, invested heavily in Greg Maddux futures this month, guaranteeing the pitcher $57.5 million over five years. The genius of this decision is best described by some market indices and expected performance: Performance.
October 8, 1993 |
Greg Maddux shot par. Seven innings pitched, two runs allowed, five hits, to lead his team back to a comfortable position. Except this time was different. Maddux had help, lots of it, almost as much help in this one game as he received in all 10 of his regular-season losses. That's right. Greg Maddux received 15 runs of support in his 10 losses this season. Last night, in winning his first-ever playoff game, he won by a 14-3 count. "As a pitcher, you really enjoy that," he said.
January 15, 2004 |
The Chicago Cubs would like Greg Maddux to finish where he started. The Cubs offered Maddux a 2-year deal earlier this week, thought to be worth a total of $14 million to $15 million. Maddux made $14.75 million last year, his final season with Atlanta. Maddux hadn't given the Cubs an answer as of yesterday, and general manager Jim Hendry said he expects the righthander to take his time before deciding. Maddux is only 11 wins shy of his 300th victory. He spent his first seven seasons in Chicago, going 95-75 and winning the first of his four Cy Young Awards.
April 8, 2013
It has been 20 years since Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Hollins, Mitchy-Poo, and Schilling captivated the city with an improbable worst-to-first run that did not end until Toronto's Joe Carter launched a World Series-ending home run into the left-field seats at the SkyDome. Throughout this season, The Inquirer will profile one of the cast of characters from that unforgettable team. This week's profile: Jim Fregosi. Age: 71. Current job: In his 13th season as special assistant to the general manager with the Atlanta Braves.
October 20, 2001 |
Greg Maddux is going to start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series tonight on three days' rest. Doubters of the wisdom of that might feel different after examining Maddux's remarkable resume on reduced rest. Since 1987, his rookie season, Maddux has pitched on less than four days' rest 34 times in regular-season games. He is 18-5 for a .783 winning percentage with a 2.52 ERA in those games. Eight of them have been complete games, including three shutouts. With four days' rest or more, he has a .629 winning percentage and a 3.30 ERA. That, perhaps, is why Maddux thinks that it is not such a big deal that he will come back tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks after having lost Game 1 on Wednesday at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.
October 5, 2002 |
Thirty minutes after they beat the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night to even their best-of-five division series at one game apiece, the Atlanta Braves were slipping into collared shirts, ties, and sport coats and boarding a flight to the West Coast for Game 3. The Braves looked perfectly comfortable and content in their business attire, in fact almost gleeful, even with a lengthy flight ahead of them. Why shouldn't the Braves feel comfortable and content? They've played two games in the 2002 postseason and Greg Maddux, their four-time Cy Young Award winner, hasn't thrown a pitch.
July 7, 1998 |
What if they played a baseball All-Star Game, and an NBA All-Star Game score broke out? It could happen tonight, when baseball holds its first All-Star Game on the moon. Or, at least, the closest ballpark to it. That would be Denver's magnificent, highly altitudinous Coors Field - where the fly balls aren't just outs, they're journeys to the next galaxy. "Tell you what," Yankees pitcher David Wells said yesterday. "I think my son can go deep here. " For the record, Wells' son, Brandon, is 6. Also for the record, Brandon Wells' father - the man who made that statement - happens to be the American League's starting pitcher.
May 21, 1998 |
Baseball, the next hot sport. Baseball? That surly dowager? The sport of Bud Selig and Albert Belle, of chronic strikes and greedy agents, of endless pauses and plummeting ratings? That pastoral pastime, so out of place in a high-tech, hip-hop world? Yep, that one. It was never as ailing as the premature obituaries claimed (though it did have a nasty cough and a touch of arthritis). Right now, it's looking surprisingly buff, just as America's other major sports show some telltale decay.