Every baseball fan has a favorite player and / or a favorite team and I am very loyal to my Baseball Hero- Mr. Greg Maddux. Maddux went from being a high school pitcher no college was looking to sign to a soon to be 42 (April 14) year old on the verge of re-writing history.
The Professor had his first start of the young season last night for San Diego against visiting Houston and while he didn't have his best stuff he was in line for a victory when manager Bud Black pinch hit for him in the bottom of the sixth inning.
My level of respect for Maddux has increased over the years due to our both being in our early 40's. I struggle to walk 9 holes of golf carrying my bag at this age and Maddux was out there diving for ground balls like someone half his/our age. He made two stops that would qualify for web gems on ESPN Baseball Tonight!
The bullpen let the game get away from them in the late innings, including a melt down from fellow future hall-of-famer, Trevor Hoffman. Greg enters the season just 27 wins shy of becoming the third all-time winningest picture in the 100+ year HISTORY of the greatest game ever played. In a day and time when steriods dominate the headlines it is so very refreshing to watch someone that looks like he should be doing your tax return continue to retire major leaugers.
Don't worry... In five days Greg will be back doing his stuff and giving me another reason to smile!